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Since the off-season is over I thought it time to move over to the 2015 season thread.
The trade deadline is past and the pennant race is in full swing. At the start of August, the Yankees hold a 6-game lead in the AL East (6 games up in the loss column over Baltimore, 7 over Toronto).
Time to start obsessing about the scoreboard as we head toward the stretch run!
Now I don't want to go Polyanish on you, but to conteract those who are of "the sky is falling club", just consider the following;
Our pitching youngsters include Eovaldi (25), Nova (28), Pineda (26), Severino (26) and Tanaka (27). Then we have Bird(23) a firstbaseman who I hope the Yankees send to the winter league to learn the OF, Refsnyder (24), Heathcote (25), Judge (23) Sanchez (23) and last but not least, Mateo (20) check his stats since he was promoted.
Look at our future and...
Not sure how much they'll do between now and the summer to fix the middle infield, or deepen the starting rotation, or improve the bench. But one thing that looks like it will need to be a priority is either 2B, SS, or possibly both. The quality of our middle infield right now is dreadful. We're pretty well locked in to what we have for offense otherwise, but these two positions sure could use some upgrades. I don't think Cashman's going to spring for a big money player at either position, but...
HM: McCann, Tanaka, Headley
This will give them a 92-70 record overall.
40 games at home. Can they go 25-15? They were 25-16 in the first half
34 games on the road. Can they go 19-15? They were 23-24 in the first half
I think these numbers are very do-able.
1-0 with 73 games left
A-Rod, Chris Young, Betances and Miller pick up right where they left off. Honorable mention goes to Tanaka & McCann with a clutch RBI.
With CC going down, I'm puzzled by the Yanks reluctance to commit to a 6 man rotation when your three (well maybe Eovaldi is top 3) top pitchers need it -- Tanaka and Pineda b/c of injury histories and Severino b/c of an innings limit -- and when you have 6 quality pitchers to pull it off. Also, with expanded rosters, you have additional bullpen help in case Warren isn't stretched out enough to give your more than 5-6
How many innings does Severino have left?
Team Hero: Luis Severino
Honorable Mentions: Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, and Didi Gregorius
Top 5 Win Probability Added (WPA):
HM: Gardner, Drew
HM: CC (was pitching pretty well until the 7th)
SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP
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