Game 134: Pineda v. Hutchison

Last night, Martin Prado, Stephen Drew, and Chase Headley combined to go 4-for-9 with a double and a home run, raising their combined line with the Yankees to .240/.306/.398 with 9 HR and 25 BB in 307 PA. That equates to a 98ish OPS+, or roughly average offensive production - which is, suffice it to say, a reasonable improvement from the Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Yangervis Solarte, and Alfonso Soriano group that the new trifecta replaced. More importantly, however, by all measures (eye test included) they have also provided for significantly better defense at 2B and 3B. It is also worth noting that Drew is skewing their offensive performance significantly, as both Headley (102 OPS+) and Prado (120 OPS+) have been, at the very least, steady with the bat.

New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Gardner, CF Jose Reyes, SS
Derek Jeter, SS Munenori Kawasaki, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Melky Cabrera, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Jose Bautista, RF
Brian McCann, C Adam Lind, 1B
Martin Prado, LF Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Stephen Drew, 2B Dioner Navarro, C
Chase Headley, 3B Danny Valencia, 3B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Kevin Pillar, CF
Michael Pineda, SP Drew Hutchison, SP