New York Yankees Need To Go Full Bore To Start 2016: Seek Reinforcements Midway Through If Need Be
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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.
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.
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Posted on February 18, 2016, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged 2016 New York Yankees Roster, aaron hicks, adam warren, AL East, alex rodriguez, Andrew Cashner, andrew miller, aroldis chapman, boone logan, Branden Pinder, brett gardner, brian cashman, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, c.j. wilson, carlos beltran, carlos gonzalez, cc sabathia, chase headley, Chasen Shreve, chris young, dellin betances, derek jeter, didi gregorius, erick aybar, Greg Bird, Hal steinbrenner, henderson alvarez, hiroki kuroda, ichiro suzuki, ivan nova, jacoby ellsbury, jake mcgee, James Pazos, jason grilli, jay bruce, jered weaver, joe girardi, john ryan murphy, jorge de la rosa, josh reddick, Justin Wilson, luis severino, mark teixeira, masahiro tanaka, michael pineda, nate eovaldi, new york yankees, New York Yankees Payroll 2016, Rob Refsnyder, scott kazmir, starlin castro, stephen drew, tyson ross, wei-yin chen, Will Smith, Yangervis Solarte. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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