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Stats that should make you optimistic about the 2017 New York Yankees

Aug 24, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) runs the bases after hitting a solo-home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Some statistics are out there that unquestionably support the fact that the New York Yankees have a chance at competing in 2017. 

It’s something all baseball fans love to see: stats that implant confidence in their team.

Not a ton of people are convinced that the New York Yankees‘ have a chance at fighting for the American League East, but there are some numbers out there that will convince you otherwise.

ESNY breaks down which numbers involving certain players on New York’s roster should make you feel a lot better about the team’s chances.

Don’t worry, pessimists, next week we’ll break down which numbers that should make you worry about the 2017 squad. For this issue, though, we’re staying positive: