I’ve noticed that Torre has been batting Jason Giambi 6th, a lot, this spring. Thinking about it, I would bat him 3rd.
If Damon and Jeter both reach, it makes it hard for teams to “shift” on Giambi. If they do shift, it makes turning the DP hard – and, if 3B is left open with the shift, Damon can just take off and swipe the bag.
Also, Giambi is a high OBA-guy. So, you want him in front of Sheffield and A-Rod in case they go deep.
Now, some might be concerned with Giambi being a DP machine – given his lack of speed. But, in 70% of his PAs last year, Jason either hit a fly ball or whiffed. (Further, last year, his GIDP% was 2.0.)
So, it just seems to make sense to go:
Yes, I know that’s L-R-L-R-R-L. But, when you’re talking A-Rod and Sheffield, it’s not like they have issues with RHP.