Despite Injuries/Age Concerns, the Yankees Win the American League East
Going into 2015, there were questions regarding the age and how the past-their-prime stars will perform being another year older. Specifically regarding Rodriguez, Teixeira and Beltran.
Same story, different year.
A-Rod proved his age was not a problem by cranking 33 home runs. Teixeira proved there was something left in the tank
by slashing .255/.357/.548 with 31 home runs.
Beltran was the most consistent hitter in the Yankee lineup with a slash-line of .276/.337/471 with 19 home runs.
All in all, the Yankee offense that was “too old” scored the second most runs in baseball and not only have a better lineup, but have taken the necessary steps to make sure their 2015 downfall doesn’t occur again.
The roster has flexibility with Hicks, Castro, and Dustin Ackley to ensure their superstars get the necessary days off while getting satisfying production.
The rotation has concerns, but when you have a bullpen that could hypothetically shorten about 40% of ballgames by one-third, there’s some insurance there.
What “experts” fail to realize is, if everything lines up for the Yankees, they will in fact win the division and could even represent the American League in the World Series.
Just look at what they did a year ago, and realize the 2016 New York Yankees are even more prepared when/if injuries or age concerns pop up.
Strap in Yankee fans, it should be a fascinating season of Yankees’ baseball.