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BBB Debates: Aaron Judge in the Leadoff spot

With Opening Day just six days away at this point, the Yankees 25-man roster is coming clearer into focus.  What may not be clear, just yet, is the batting order that Aaron Boone will roll out next Thursday when the Yankees take the field against J.A. Happ and the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Today, Boone may have peeled back the curtain a bit into what exactly he might be planning.

In a few minutes, the Yankees will take the field against the Boston Red Sox in one of their final games of the 2018 Spring Training season (TV: YES, ESPN).  You may have noticed already, but Boone is batting 2017 American League MVP Runner-Up and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot today versus Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Yankees vs. Red Sox today at 1:05pm on @YESNetwork and ESPN pic.twitter.com/oOJIADjqcH — Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 23, 2018

Said Yankee manager Aaron Boone on if this would be a recurring theme throughout the season?: “I have thought about it…

The Early Bird Gets The Worm: A Look into Greg Bird’s Day/Night Splits

When I was looking into Greg Bird’s stats, I noticed something that was very intriguing to say the least. Greg Bird is a much better hitter in day games than night games. Through his first 31 games, Bird is hitting a solid .280 (14/50) with 4 home runs and 11 RBI while at night he’s hitting a not as solid .226 (18/82) with 6 home runs and 17 RBI. Now this is just a small sample size, and he could just happen to face tougher pitching at night, but it could be something to keep an eye on as he gets more at bats. If this trend ends up a reoccurring thing, a platoon between Bird and Teixeira for day and night games next season might not be a bad idea. Before the injury, Teixeira was batting .283 (75/265) in night games while only batting .197 (25/127) in day games. This may just be a silly idea, but if they did such a thing next year, it could pay big dividends. 

Article by: Julian Bussells
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