Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Strengths and Weaknesses Of The Yankees Roster

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The 2012 season for the Yankees certainly did not end the way any fan wanted it to. Derek Jeter’s ankle injury and some pretty abysmal batting averages from key guys helped the Tigers sweep the Yankees and created a lot of questions in the Bronx. Looking at 2013, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Bronx Bombers on the offensive side of things?


First, the Yankees made a few changes in the offseason in an attempt to improve their lineup. Nick Swisher is out, meaning the outfield is pretty much set with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki. The best prediction here is that Gardner will play center, Granderson will play left and Suzuki will play right.


The right side of the infield will remain the same as Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano will not only be relied on to play solid defense, but they will most likely be hitting 3-4 in the lineup. However, the left side of the infield is full of some question marks. Derek Jeter is returning from his ankle injury, while Kevin Youkilis will fill in at third base at least until Alex Rodriguez returns.

Finally, the catching and designated hitter slot seems a bit up for grabs at the moment. Austin Romine and Chris Stewart both seem to be getting looks, with Francisco Cervelli also being a possibility. Whoever ends up starting at catcher will more than likely not be counted on for much offensively. The designated hitter, at least the start of the season, could be Eduardo Nunez, but that too could be a revolving door until someone solidifies things.


Taking a look at that lineup, the biggest weakness seems to be age and speed. It is no secret that the Yankees are really starting to show how old they are, but there is not a lot they can do at the moment to change that. Jeter had a great regular season last year and put up some impressive fantasy baseball numbers but his ankle injury could make it tough for him to ever get back to that level again. Ichiro and Youkilis might be starting to break down, and Gardner played a grand total of 16 games last season. While the Yankees look solid with everyone healthy, the offense could really take a nose dive if injuries occur.

The catching position is also a little worrisome, because not only do they not have any dependable hitters there, but the pitching staff will have to get used to them calling the games. Gary Sanchez is still not ready to be the catcher of the future for the Yankees, so they will have to rely on some veterans to get the job done.

If healthy, the Yankees still have a solid and powerful lineup. Remember, in 2012, this team led the American League in home runs, on-base percentage and slugging. It was not until the end of the season and the playoffs that they really started to show their age.

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