2021 Spring Training: New York Yankees Chase For 28
The New York Yankees have been stuck on 27 World Series titles since the 2009 season. New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. The Yankees have yet to appear in a World Series ever since. New York has the offense to get to the World Series, but will they have the pitching to do so?
The Yankees will look to win the American League East title once again, but the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays will be tough teams to play against this season. New York won’t have to worry about the Baltimore Orioles or the Boston Red Sox too much this season.
Aaron Boone is back as the New York Yankees manager once again. They don’t have a strong farm system like they used to. A lot of New York’s top prospects have been traded to other teams. The win-now approach for the New York Yankees is nothing new for them.
They are always known as the evil empire and they haven’t been the evil empire for the past decade. What is actually derailing this team year in and year out is injuries to key players like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
If they can stay healthy, they can finally maybe win another World Series title. Some people will pick them to represent the American League in the World Series.
Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, Domingo German, and Luis Severino will be the projected starting pitchers. This could be one of the most underrated starting rotations in the entire MLB for the New York Yankees. Cole is one of the most dominant pitchers in the MLB.
Kluber signed a 1-year deal after playing with the Texas Rangers last season. Taillon was acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates. German returns from his suspension. Severino returns from his injury.
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Aroldis Chapman (closer), Zack Britton, Chad Green, Darren O’Day, Luis Cessa, and Jonathan Loaisaga will be the projected bullpen. This could be a hit or a miss bullpen this season for the New York Yankees.
(C) Gary Sanchez, (1B) Luke Voit, (2B) DJ LeMahieu, (3B) Gio Urshela, (SS) Gleyber Torres, (LF) Clint Frazier, (CF) Aaron Hicks, (RF) Aaron Judge, and (DH) Giancarlo Stanton will be the projected lineup.
Sanchez is in a make it or break it season. Kyle Higashioka will be the backup catcher to him. He is better defensively and not as lazy.
Mike Tauchman will be one of the key backup outfielders on this roster.
LeMahieu is one of the most underrated hitters in the MLB. He is also a tremendous fielder.
Judge is the heartbeat of the New York Yankees. He is also the face of this baseball franchise. Aaron Judge is also one of the most powerful hitters in the game of baseball.
Frazier has the potential to be one of the most underrated hitters this season. Clint Frazier is going to be a fun watch in left field for the New York Yankees.
Stanton can never stay healthy either. If he does stay healthy, then Giancarlo Stanton could potentially be one of the favorites to win the American League MVP award.
Sunday, February 28th: Spring training opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Thursday, April 1st: Home opener and opening day against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Friday, April 9th: Road opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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