Coming in at number 8 the Bronx Bombers the New York Yankees.
Projected Record: 90-72 2nd In AL East (1st AL Wild Card)
Potential Lineup: CF Ellsbury #22, LF Gardner #11, RF Beltran #36, 1B Teixeira #25, DH Rodriguez #13, C Mccann #34, 3B Headley #12, 2B Castro #14, SS Gregorius #18
Potential Rotation: 1.Tanaka #19, 2.Pineda #35, 3.Severino #40, 4.Eovaldi #30, 5.Sabathia #52
Potential Bullpen: CL Chapman #54, 8th Miller #48, 7th Betances #68 Mid Relief: Shreve #45, Rumbelow #50, Pinder #57, Nova #47
Potential Bench: C Sanchez #73, OF Hicks #31, IF/OF Ackley #29, IF Kozma #TBD
Injuries: 1B Bird #33
The New York Yankees ended a two year playoff drought hosting the American league Wild Card game in 2015. Yet their playoff run was short lived as they fell to Houston in the Wild Card Game. The Yankees strength’s a year ago were their bullpen and offense and both have the potential to be even better in 2016. Since Robinson Cano left for Seattle after the 2013 season the Yankees haven’t been able to find a legitimate second base replacement. This offseason they traded for three time All Star Starlin Castro who should fill that need for the team in 2016. The Yankees also will be getting Mark Teixeira who they lost to a season ending injury in mid August back. Teixeira had a big comeback 2015 season slugging 31 home runs while healthy. Alex Rodriguez also had a comeback season after serving a season long suspension in 2014 A Rod proved in the DH role he can still be an offense force hitting 33 home runs and driving in 86 runs. Brian Mccann took home silver slugger honors knocking out 26 home runs and driving in 94 runs. The Yankees offense that finished second in runs scored in the majors should be just as good if not better with the addition of Starlin Castro in 2016. As for the Bullpen the Yankees had two out of the relief three pitchers in 2015 to strike out 100+ batters in Delin Betances and Mariano Rivera award winner Andrew Miller. This offseason they traded for that third pitcher to strike out over 100 batters in Aroldis Chapman. Making the Yankees backend of the pen the most feared in baseball. As for the starting rotation the Yankees saw the good bad and the ugly out of their starting staff in 2015. All 5 starters had their struggles, and big games and the Yankees will be looking for more consistency in 2016. The pitcher that may have made the biggest impact on the Yanks in 2015 was Nathan Eovaldi who lost his season to injury in September Eovaldi had an impressive 14-3 record and mastered a nasty slider to go along with his fastball than can be thrown as hard as 101 MPH. The Yankees hope Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, and CC Sabathia who all had up and down seasons can find consistency, and also that Luis Severino continues to develop into the dominant pitcher he showed he can be in 2015. The youngster pitched to a 2.83 ERA at the young age of 21 in just 11 starts. He will enter his first full season as a pro in 2016. The Yankees are an improved and younger team and should be a playoff threat again in 2016.