It’s been a long time since my last writing here but thought there’d be no better a time to return to the blog six years and a day after I started it.
But maybe that’s just what the Yankees need after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The Yankees are younger and projected to be a much better defensive team than they’ve been in years. Getting younger and better defensively are two key ingredients to winning, but in the end it’s all about scoring and preventing runs.
|C Brian McCann||RHP Masahiro Tanaka|
|1B Mark Teixeira||RHP Michael Pineda|
|2B Stephen Drew||LHP CC Sabathia|
|SS Didi Gregorius||RHP Nathan Eovaldi|
|3B Chase Headley||LHP Chris Capuano (eventually Ivan Nova)|
|LF Brett Gardner||Bullpen|
|CF Jacoby Ellsbury||RHP Dellin Betances|
|RF Carlos Beltran||LHP Andrew Miller|
|DH Alex Rodriguez||RHP Adam Warren|
|Bench||RHP David Carpenter|
|C John Ryan Murphy||LHP Justin Wilson|
|OF Chris Young||RHP Esmil Rodgers|
|INF Brendan Ryan||RHP Gonzalez Germen|
|OF/INF Garrett Jones|
1. The Return of the Old CC SabathiaIt’s no secret that for the last two years Sabathia hasn’t been the same pitcher he used to be. He’s lost life on his fastball, lost weight – which may or may not be helping – and lost all confidence with opposing hitters batting .297 against him. If CC can turn it around, he’ll eat innings and keep the team in ballgames.
2. Teixeira to hit like he’s being paid to hitWhen the Yankees last won it all in 2009, Teixeira finished second in MVP voting with Gold Glove defense and a Silver Slugger bat. Teix has still got the glove but seems to have lost his bat, hitting just .216. Five years ago, Teix was a career .300 hitter. His declining performance has dipped his career average to .273. If it continues to dip in 2015, Teix may not be able to keep his job despite making $23 million.
3. Pitching, Pitching & PitchingTanaka, Pineda and Eovaldi are the three young guns who desperately need to stay healthy so we can see what they’re all about. Tanaka and Pineda missed a lot of 2014, while Eovaldi started 33 games for the Marlins but hasn’t proven himself in the much more powerful AL East.
Of course, it will come down to pitching. Would you bet on this crew? If you would, a leading online sportsbook, CarbonSports.ag, has odds on all of the games.
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