Posted on: April 1, 2010 4:12 pm
 

2010 New York Yankee Outlook

This is my 2010 defending Champion NY Yankee Outlook:

You will see my Division, League, World Series, and Player Award Predictions or Saturday but this my position by position projections for the upcoming season.

The main player that the Yankees well being most depends on is their vocal leader and in my eyes the Co Captain is catcher Jorge Posada.

C: Jorge Posada/ Fransisco Cervelli- I look for Jorge to catch 115 games and DH about 20 games and from Jorge we can expect to see a line of BA: .270, OBP: .379, HR: 22, RBI: 85, and  below average defensive play. The thing is he is very clutch and if he goes done for any extended period of time the Yanks could be in trouble.

1B: Mark Texiera/ Nick Johnson- I look for Tex to basically repeat last years numbers since he does that every year. Look for BA: .290, OBP: .410, HR: 35, RBI: 115, and elite defense at first. As for Nick Johnson I am glad to see him back he looks like a Yankee...for god's sake the man looks like Babe Ruth. He will thrive in this lineup and in this ball park as the DH/1B. Look for BA: .310, OBP: .415, HR: 23, RBI: 78, and great patience at the dish which will enable Jeter to move on the bases and let Tex and AROD see some pitches.

2B: Robbie Cano- has had a few hot and cold seasons; he hits points in the season where you literally can not get him out but, there are also times where he gets himself out 10-15 at bats in a row. Last year his main issue was his inability to drive in runners in scoring position. He will get thee benefit of the doubt to start the season but if it continues expect to see him drop from the 6th spot in the order. Look for BA: .318, OBP: .375, HR: 22, RBI: 81, and above average play in the field but sometimes sloppy due to laziness.

SS: El Capitan Derek Jeter- he is coming off a fantastic year where he proved many people including myself wrong with solid play at shortstop. Nobody questions his ability to hit because like Texiera each year you can pencil in last years numbers and be pretty close. Being that Jetes is going on 36 years old expect a little drop off but, dont get crazy...look for BA: .327, OBO: .395, 2B: 35, 3B: 2, HR: 17, RBI: 75, SB: 20, and average play in the field.

3B: Alex Rodriguez- AROD got the monkey off his back last year in more ways than one. First the whole steroid thing came out and is done (for the most part) and second he now has a ring to go with all of those MVP thophies. He missed the first month of the season and still put up 30 homers and 100 rbis...wow...this year look for a monster year equal to one that the juiced AROD put up in the early 2000s. Look for BA: .318, OBP: .420, HR: 50, RBI: 145, and stellar play at the hot corner.

LF: Brett Gardner/ Randy Winn-  My theory on Brett Gardner is this...the fans are not giving his play enough credit and the Yankees are giving his play too much credit. He is an average ball player better suited for the bench role of the 4th outfielder but, he will be given every chance to earn the starting job in left but, until he does he shares alot of time with veteren Randy Winn. Honestly this is just a placeholder for the persuit of Carl Crawford this offseason ( GO GET HIM YANKS). Look for Gardner: BA: .275, OBP: .350, 3B: 4, HR: 6, RBI: 42, SB: 27, and solid outfield play. Look for Winn to produce BA: .260, OBP: .330, HR: 8, RBI: 40, SB: 11, and similar outfield play.

CF: Curtis Granderson- The offseason deal that brought Granderson to New York was one of great importance to the Yanks. We brought in the first centerfielder who can play defense and hit since Bernie. Curtis can abuse that wall and wind tunnel in right field as well as turn a few doubles into triples with those legs. Pair that with solid defense and the Yanks have landed a anchor in the outfield. Look for: BA: .279, OBP: .339, 2B: 35, 3B: 6, HR: 25, RBI: 83, SB: 22, and solid outfield play which will make NY fans forgot Mr. Damon very quickly.

RF: Nick Swisher- Nick was an integral element to this team last season being that he almost single handedly hit the Yankees through April and kept their heads above water until Alex returned. Swisher will hit like crazy for a few weeks and then fall off the face of the earth for a month...like Giambi he will always walk 6-8 times a week. Look for: BA: .245, OBP: .379, HR: 30, RBI: 90, and below average right field play.

Bench: Marcus Thames, Fransisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, Randy Winn, and Nick Johnson- I gave you my thoughts of the two most important guys there basically dont expect too much from Pena and Thames will provide pop off the bench.

Prospect: If an injury to Tex, Johnson Posada, or Cervelli comes up you have to watch out for Jesus Montero he can hit...and hit...and hit more.

The Starting Pitching Rotation:

SP: C.C. Sabathia- A true ace for this staff CC is a power lefty who will earn that paycheck again this season vieing for a 2nd Cy Young Award. Look for: W: 20, L: 7, ERA: 3.29, and K: 210.

SP: A.J. Burnett- As Burett's history shows he due due for a injury riddled year where he should make 12 starts losing 7 of them...but I am an optimist I see maybe a few missed starts for blisters and give him 29 starts this year. Look for: W: 15, L: 11, ERA: 4.21, K: 167.

SP: Andy Pettitte- The pitcher who has been nothing but money in the post season returns to New York for atleast one more year. Andy has been as important as anybody to wear the pinstripes over the past 15 years. Look for the decline to keep going on but lets decline slowly. Look for: W: 13, L: 8, ERA: 4.08, K: 143.

SP: Javier Vazquez- As a Yankee the first go around he was relatively successful in one season. Pre All-Star break he was masterful...Post-All-Star he was miserable but, has been as steady as anybody in the middle tier of SP in the majors. Look for: W: 15, L: 9, ERA: 3.67, K: 210.

SP: Phillip Hughes- The much anticipated 5th starter race has come to a close and Hughes was victorius. He will victorius many times this year. I see Hughes being a breakout pitcher this year. Look for: W: 14, L: 8, ERA: 3.96, K: 168.

Relief Pitchers:

Mariano Rivera- The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be...(sorry Bret Hart). Look for: W:3, L:3, S:42, K:85, WHIP: .97, ERA: 1.95

Joba Chamberlain- If you have followed me at all over the past two years you know I am a huge advocate for Joba in the bullpen and now I am happy ( I just hope to Yanks haven't already ruined him). I took for Joba to be able to get back to RP form. Look for: W: 4, L: 2, Holds: 22, S: 7, K: 112, ERA: 2.63, WHIP: 1.26

Damaso Marte- your lefty specialist who had a great post season is coming in to this season on a good note. Look for the usual W: 5, L: 2, HOLDS: 11, S: 2, ERA: 3.01, WHIP: 1.46

Dave Robertson- had a great season and earned his spot in the bullpen this year. Look for: W: 6, L: 3, Holds: 3, Saves: 1, ERA: 2.89, WHIP: 1.27

Chan Ho Park- coming back to the American League may pose a problem but, he will not be depended on too much more than anyone else so he should help out.

Stay Tuned for my Mets outlook and my predictions

Posted on: May 21, 2009 12:37 pm
 

NEW YORK METS 1ST BASE SITUATION AND SOME OPTIONS

Since Delgado is out 10 weeks and it's no surprise he is older and may not be back even in 10 weeks the Mets can't afford to be without that bat for too long. I think some possible solutions are out there. Nick Johnson making about 6 million has been shopped by Washington for years now and he is a very solid hitter and has proven to be oblivious to the pressures of hitting the ball in NY and maybe can be had for a Jon Niese who isn't in the Mets plans. Aubrey Huff making about 8 million is flexible to play 1st base, 3rd base, or OF incase another injury arises again may only take a Jon Niese. Mark DeRosa making about 4.5 million is a very solid hitter who also has position flexability playing all infield positions and both corner outfield spots while Cleveland is slowly entering the abyss. Now the long shot Victor Martinez making about 8.5 million like I said earlier Cleveland could be looking to sell though maybe not VMART but its worth the offer for a big bat C/1B it will take more but maybe Murphy and Niese plus other?.
Posted on: May 21, 2009 11:50 am
 

THE YANKEES WIN!!!

Last night during an 11-4 route of the helpless Orioles the Yanks not only accomplished an 8 game win streak that I hope continues, but they had three hitters hit homeruns one after another which I don't remember happening since O'Neill, Bernie, and Tino forgive me I don't remember the year though this time it was Swisher, Cano, and The Melkman. Swisher has been horrid since May 1st and though I'd prefer to see him have a two hit game with a pair of singles and maybe get some hope that his slump is ending I'll take the homer gladly. Cano is exiting a minor slump where his average finally dipped below .300; he has over 4 hits now between the last two games and when healthy he shouldn't be batting under .310. Melky has been hot as Rachel McAdams since the second week of April and he helped carry the Yankees while Arod was out and Tex wasn't hitting. Keep up the love boys.<br />

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Posted on: May 18, 2009 5:22 pm
 

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Posted on: May 18, 2009 5:21 pm
 

Yankee Streak

So the Yankees have been pitching well and have timely hitting what the hell is going on? This team is older obviously and full of slow starters and now with AROD back that gives Tex some security. The best part of all of this is that they are finding a win to win no matter what. Top to bottom over the past week every Yankee has had a big hit. Rivera was Rivera. Thank You God now let the fun begin.

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Posted on: May 4, 2009 1:52 pm
 

Key NL East Players

NL EAST Key Players 05/04/2009 <!-- 233950658465985 --> 0 Comments   Edit | Settings | Delete Are you sure you want to delete this post? This action is permanent. Yes, delete post No, keep post NYM Key Player: Jose Reyes. I believe he is the single most important everyday player on the Mets. The game starts with him and he has the ability to drop a bunt then steal second and third...or hit the long ball while playing an above average shortstop. He hits .310, 10 hrs, 65 rbi, 120 runs, 65 steals and that paired with some UNLIKELY Met clutch hitting and they should be number one in their divison neck and neck with the champs.

PHI Key Player: Shane Victorino. He is the heart and soul of the Phillies (a team that reminds me an awful lot of the Red Sox with their great commeraderie. He will give you a solid stat sheet all year while playing great defense and being clutch. He is the piece that the Mets are missing in their search to end their 20+ year WS drought.

ATL Key Player: Chipper Jones. Seems like he has been the key player since Dale Murphy left lol he is the definiton of consistancy. The Braves in my eyes don't really have a shot to be the division champs this year but are always one player away from contention.

FLA Key Player: SP. Florida is only going as far as their starting pitchers will take them. They have some live arms in Miller, Nolasco, and Sanchez who along with Volstad can be a great rotaion in 3 years barring any bad injuries.

WAS Key Player: Ryan Zimmerman. He must be on crack signing such an extention with the Nats but he is talented unfortunatly it doesnt matter on this team they are flat out bad.

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Posted on: April 30, 2009 3:09 pm
 

Key AL East Players

1st -New York Yankees-
The key player for the NYY is Robinson Cano plain and simple if he plays like he did in 2008 the Yankees have another dead spot in their lineup and they will be unable to overcome it. He may never be at the ideal on base percentage of .390-.410 but if in fact he can return to his OBP of the low to mid .350s the Yanks can work with that. Arod is too inconsistant Tex and Swisher are unproven in NY and however hasnt been disappointing but nor have they been clutch so Cano has to be that bat to clean up what is left over after the big sluggers have left some boys of base. Long story short Robbie hits... Yanks remain stable.
2nd-Boston Red Sox-
The key player for the Sox is The Greek God of Walks; Kevin Youkilis. With the Sox easily making the transition past the days where Manny and Papi ruled the field, Youk and Pedroia have quickly filled the role. Youkilis is valuable to the Sox due to the fact that he can be a gold glove first or third baseman. He is a guy who throws a near .400 OBS yearly and is clutch as they come. If he continues to develop (which he is probably nearing his peak) and maintains there for a few years he will keep the Red Sox in contention...him and the fantastic Sox scouting team.
3rd-Toronto Blue Jays-
The key Blue Jay this year is Travis Snider. He is a rookie who is playing outfield for a team who desperately needs some bats in their lineup. He is a speedy player with some pop in his bat. The Jays have lived on their pitching for 2-3 years now which has barely saved them from embarresment. He can provide a compliment to Wells, Lind, Overbay, and the oft-injured Rolen. The Jays aren't gonna make much noise this year but some surprises from kids like Snider...who knows?
4th Tampa Bay Rays-
The key player for the Rays this year is Carl Crawford. He played like a drunk Kenny Lofton last year; making a splash stealing bases on occasion but never getting the bat going. He will have to get back to the Carl Crawford of old stealing 40+ bags, hitting .280, 10 hrs, 65 rbis, 120 runs with an OBP in the mid .300...like .345ish in order for the Rays to dominate once again. The Rays have a solid pitching staff again this year which lost a little depth making a senseless trade with Detroit dealing Jackson for Matt Joyce but still have a still three staff in the AL and a dynamic lineup. I don't think it is their year but with some healthy hitters all bets are off.
5th-Baltimore Orioles-
The key player for the O's this year is GOD he is the only one who can make this team matter again...but I guess I'll play along for now and use Adam Jones as their key player. Adam Jones is a once top prospect who has speed only to be matched by Jose Reyes and Carlos Gomez. The exciting thing about Jones is his power he can potentially be a 15-20 homerun guy. In 2-3 years I believe Adam Jones will be looked at very similarly to Crawford...except not as overrated. If you want the O's to win this year you should probably call Murray, Ripken Jr., Palmiero, Palmer, and for shits and giggles Albert Belle.
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