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New York Yankees Need To Go Full Bore To Start 2016: Seek Reinforcements Midway Through If Need Be

The Yankees were almost flawless in their 1st 33 games to start the 2015 campaign. Quick starts by Teixeira and A-Rod fueled the offense, while Miller and Betances did not yield a run in this stretch either. Pineda was 5 - 0, Tanaka was healthy, and their duo of Ellsbury and Gardner were hitting north of .300

The Yankees were almost flawless in their 1st 33 games to start the 2015 campaign. Quick starts by Teixeira and A-Rod fueled the offense, while Miller and Betances did not yield a run in this stretch either. Pineda was 5 – 0, Tanaka was healthy, and their duo of Ellsbury and Gardner were hitting north of .300.  The club was able to coast for the last 129 games of the year when injuries and age caught up to them.  Considering they spent no real money in the winter, they should go for bore early in the season, and then bring in a boatload of people late via trade  to compensate for injuries that will probably occur to their roster.

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On May.11, 2015 – the New York Yankees had just finished an 11 – 5 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Rays – and this led to a record of 21 – 12 to start their first 33 games.  It would be important on so many levels in completing the campaign.

You see – in the next 129 games the club would go just 66 – 63 to secure the 1st Wild Card Berth.

Mark Teixeira had clubbed 11 HRs over the wall with 27 RBI.  Alex Rodriguez had 8 big fly’s with many of them giving the Bronx Bombers a shot in the arm for victory.

Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances both had not yielded a run to that point. Michael Pineda was a brilliant 5 – 0, and that was about the time that Masahiro Tanaka began having health issues.

You throw in Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner both hitting well over .300 – and it was easy to see how the Pinstripers had taken off to a great start.

With as many old players as New York has, it is only a matter of time before guys will start heading for the trainer's table. It is just a given in today's MLB game. Really you had all of the preseason question marks for the Yankees all be past with a resounding success to start the year with. We all know what happened from there.

With as many old players as New York has, it is only a matter of time before guys will start heading for the trainer’s table. It is just a given in today’s MLB game. Really you had all of the preseason question marks for the Yankees all be passed with a resounding success to start the year with. We all know what happened from there.

While still awesome, Betances and Miller couldn’t do it all for the Relief Core all year.

Teixeira eventually was sidelined and nicely replaced by Greg Bird.  A-Rod, Ellsbury and Gardner all suffered through rough post ALL – Star slumps – while Pineda cooled off in the rotation.

Carlos Beltran. Gregory Bird, Nate Eovaldi,  Justin Wilson, Betances and Miller – with Didi Gregorius  were about the only guys to play exceptionally well in the last 2 months of the season. A lot of that has to do with aging.

New York has traded out Justin Wilson for Aroldis Chapman in the Bullpen, while adding Aaron Hicks and Starlin Castro to replace the departed Chris Young and 2B tandem of Stephen Drew and Rob Refsnyder.

In all sincerity, the Yankees may only be marginally better in 2016.

It is unrealistic to have A-Rod, Tex and Beltran combine for almost 80 HRs again this upcoming year.  But maybe, just maybe, they can get out of the blocks healthy like they did in 2015 again this season.

If those 3 can operate at 85% of the production as last season, I am sure that Ellsbury, Castro, a full year of consistency from Gregorius – and a better season from Chase Headley could certainly pick up the slack.

Aroldis Chapman is likely going to miss all of April in his domestic violence ordeal, so Miller and Betances will have the reigns in late inning relief.  It will be tough to duplicate a perfect 1st quarter of the year like 2015, but they should sill be their dominant selves.

If I were Joe Girardi, I would mortgage all of the house in the 1st 2 months of the year.  Lord knows how long you will have all of your starting pitchers in the rotation as well.

I would throw as many Innings as possible for Miller and Betances in April.  When Chapman comes back, don’t be afraid to have him lug more than 3 outs for his appearances as well.

Play to win all of the games early like they mean more than the rest of the year

If New York is not 10 games above .500 near Memorial Day Weekend, I highly doubt they will take off from that point forward unless major changes are made.

This squad has little turnover from year to year – so maybe this lends itself to a quick start out of the gate anyway.

Simply put, I would be stunned if we make it to June, and all of the starters have made their starts out of CC Sabathia, Tanaka and Pineda.  Teixeira, A-Rod and Beltran will likely all have healh issues by June as well.

If this team can maintain a 10 game over .500 clip by July – it will be time for the Steinbrenner’s to give Brian Cashman the green light to spend on some reinforcements near the Trade Deadline!  This was something they failed to do in 2015 – and it cost them in my view.

Players like Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Carlos Gonzalez, Jay Bruce. Henderson Alvarez, James Shields, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Jorge De La Rosa, Huston Street, Josh Reddick, Jake McGee, Boone Logan, Will Smith, Jason Grilli and Erick Aybar could be available for acquisition to aid in the playoff quest.

At least with Chapman, his 1st month hiatus should have him refreshed until the ALL – Star Break at least.

They say you can’t win the Division in April and May, but you can certainly lose it.  if you are New York, you hope to 10 – 15 games over .500 when the American League and National League meet in the midsummer’s classic in San Diego.

If New York can do that and then play 5 – 7 games over .500 after the break with their aging roster, perhaps 87 – 90 wins may win the Division – or at least pick up a Wild Card position.

Aroldis Chapman will likely miss the bulk of April, if not more due to his domestic violence debacle. When he does return, Girardi should let him loose for longer than 3 outs at a time if need be. With the unbelievable trio of Chapman, Miller and Betances holding down court in the late innings for New York, Girardi should go for the gusto early in the year. if need be, they could call in the taxi squad during the 2nd half of the year.

Aroldis Chapman will likely miss the bulk of April, if not more due to his domestic violence debacle. When he does return, Girardi should let him loose for longer than 3 outs at a time if need be. With the unbelievable trio of Chapman, Miller and Betances holding down court in the late innings for New York, Girardi should go for the gusto early in the year. if need be, they could call in the taxi squad during the 2nd half of the year.

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