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I’m going to try and project what the Starting lineup is going to produce this year. Its very difficult to predict what will happen because injuries do occur, but its still worth a shot to try and predict the production. I will also try to predict some of the statistics for the Starting Pictures and Mariano Rivera as well. I have left off middle relievers and bench players.
The age of the Yankees may finally start to show this year. The three main players that still exist from the dynasty years are pushing 40 (Rivera is 43 but hes not human) and many of their big free agent signings from recent years are showing decline. Suffice to say that this team is filled with savvy veterans who know how to play the game. I don’t think the Yankees will have a problem with their bats and I do expect a nice year from Youkilis and Hefner providing some nice power from the DH spot especially with that short porch out in right. I also see Ichiro having a turn back the clock year similar to what Jeter did last year, Ichiro doesn’t age apparently, like Mo and he still has a great eye at the plate. Playing with the Yankees last year gave him new life and he knows he has a better chance at winning a championship here then he did with Seattle. I was generous with Arod, I don’t even know if he will play at all this year and if he does he wont produce much. I expect Jeter to play well but I do not know if he can play as well as last year. Hes coming off a tough injury but hes a player and the captain so he should give the Yankees a good year. Cano is tough to predict, I think some fans almost hope he doesn’t get that contract now so he can give you an MVP like performance. Cano may be one of the best all around players in the game but can tend to look uninterested and bored out there, Yankee fans can only hope 200 million wont turn him into the next Arod contract.
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Name Pos GP R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB AVG
Mark Teixeira 1B 105 55 95 20 0 18 65 65 260
Robinson Cano 2B 150 100 200 40 2 35 100 60 330
Kevin Youkilis 3B 130 75 125 20 1 25 85 60 275
Derek Jeter SS 150 85 190 30 2 12 55 40 285
Francisco Cervelli C 80 25 60 10 0 3 30 20 230
Ichiro Suzuki RF 160 85 205 30 5 15 70 17 310
Curtis Granderson CF 155 110 150 25 6 40 125 75 280
Brent Gardner LF 145 100 145 25 8 5 50 40 275
Travis Hefner DH 100 40 60 15 0 20 55 45 255
Alex Rodriguez DH 60 35 40 10 1 12 40 25 260
I’m worried about the pitching staff, outside of CC it is really a crap shot. Sabathia should give the Yankees another great year, since the Yankees signed him he has been extremely consistent and he has given the team no reason to believe otherwise. I think if Andy stays healthy he will give you a real solid year but I am not sold on the rest of the starters. Kuroda may be a fluke, Pineda was out all year, only has one year of work in the majors and rumor is he is scared to play in New York. Nova went from a great year to playing awful last year so who knows what he will do this year. If he can land somewhere in the middle the Yankees would take that.
Name POS GS W L IP BB SO ERA SV
CC Sabathia SP 32 18 10 210 50 210 3.20
Andy Pettitte SP 28 15 7 170 65 140 3.90
Hiroki Kuroda SP 25 10 12 200 60 160 4.20
Michael Pineda SP 20 8 10 130 70 180 4.30
Ivan Nova SP 25 12 10 160 50 150 4.50
Phil Hughes SP 20 8 8 140 65 160 4.50
Mariano Rivera RP 0 5 2 60 20 65 2.20 40
This division will be tough, the Orioles and Tampa Bay will be fighting the Yankees all year for the division. The Blue Jays upgraded a lot of talent in the off-season and should be better. The Red Sox, I don’t think will do much but they always play the Yankees hard.
Team W L
Yankees 94 68
Rays 93 69
Orioles 90 70
Blue Jays 87 73
Red Sox 74 88
Its tough to predict how far the Yankees will go into the playoffs, the Yankees are capable of making a big trade during the year whether by taking on a large salary or trading off farm players. Also certain match ups seem to cause NY problems come October, Detroit seems to own NY as of late and there’s not much reason to believe Texas wont be in the playoffs this year as well.
To sum up expect much of the same with the Yankees. Although the team is getting older they do have guys who know how to play the game and have multiple world series rings to show for it. The Yankees will have problems in the next few years trying to rebuild on the fly and to replace some of their aging stars with talented youth but for now the Yankees are still a team that has a realistic chance to go to the World Series and capture yet another trophy.
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