By Shane Rabacs ’18
The evil empire is back.
After approximately four months of being likeable, the New York Yankees are hated again, as things are back to normal.
The addition of Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins makes the Yankees World Series contenders, and the chance to be one of the best offenses in history.
New York already had Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius; and with the addition of Stanton, the projected 2-5 spots are held by players that hit a combined 169 home runs.
Stanton in Yankee Stadium is going to be a problem for opposing pitchers. Stanton’s adjusted stats for Yankee Stadium are ridiculous, 62 home runs. Yankee Stadium is the second most favorable home run parks for right handed hitters, Marlins Park is the seventh most difficult.
A lineup of Brett Gardner, Judge, Sanchez, Stanton, Gregorius, Greg Bird, Aaron Hicks, Todd Frazier and Gleyber Torres has the potential to score 1,000 runs with 250 home runs.
Don’t forget that the Yankees have one of the best bullpens in the league, a unit that carried a below average starting rotation to wins.
The rotation this year doesn’t look terrible, either. With Luis Severino, Sonny Gray, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia; it looks like it will be a more than just serviceable rotation.
The big key for the Yankees championship aspirations is staying healthy. This was a big problem for them last year, many of their keys guys went down with injuries.
Don’t forget, New York is managed by Aaron Boone, who has no managerial experience in the major leagues. How he leads this unit will be an interesting storyline to look out for this year.
It is officially championship or bust season in New York.