Predicting The Starting Lineups

New York Yankees

  1. Andrew McCutchen
  2. Aaron Judge
  3. Aaron Hicks
  4. Giancarlo Stanton
  5. Luke Voit
  6. Didi Gregorius
  7. Miguel Andujar
  8. Gary Sanchez
  9. Gleyber Torres

The Yankees had a historic season offensively that saw them hit a major league record 266 home runs. Giancarlo Stanton led the way with 38 home runs and 100 RBIs, the only Yankee to reach the 100 RBIs mark this season.

Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, and Luke Voit have all taken the Yankee world by storm. Andujar stole the starting third base job from Brandon Drury and ended up hitting .297 with 27 home runs and 97 RBIs. Torres came up in late April and made an immediate impact finishing the season 24 home runs and 77 RBIs. Both players are in the mix for rookie of the year.

Voit, on the other hand, was acquired in a trade deadline deal that saw the departure of Chasen Shreve. After struggling, he was sent down to Scranton only to be recalled in late August to become the everyday first baseman. Greg Bird’s ineffectiveness just became too much, and a hot Voit took advantage of an opportunity. Voit hit .333 with 14 home runs and 33 RBIs in 39 games with the Bombers.

The only weak spot in the Yankees’ lineup this season has been Gary Sanchez. The former all-star catcher struggled to a .186 batting average this season, but, still managed to hit 18 home runs and drive in 53 RBIs. Sanchez ended the season 2-8 with a home run and one RBI.

Oakland Athletics

  1. Nick Martini
  2. Matt Chapman
  3. Jed Lowrie
  4. Khris Davis
  5. Matt Olson
  6. Stephen Piscotty
  7. Ramon Laureano
  8. Marcus Semien
  9. Jonathan Lucroy

The Oakland Athletics have an offense that has the ability to do some big-time damage. They were fourth in all of baseball scoring 813 runs, behind the Boston Red Sox, Yankees, and Cleaveland Indians. This Oakland team can also hit the long ball, placing third in the majors with 227 home runs.

Chapman, Lowrie, Davis, and Olson are names that the casual fan might recognize with the naked eye. Chapman finished the year with 26 long balls driving in 68 RBIs, and that is considered subpar considering what the rest of his teammates did.

Jed Lowrie had arguably the best year of his career where he hit a career-high 23 home runs and also drove in a career-high 99 RBIs. Khris Davis had an absolute monster of a season quietly putting himself in the MVP race with a whopping 48 home runs and 123 RBIs. He’s hit 40 or more home runs in each of the last three seasons. Olson has emerged as one of the best young hitters in all of baseball hitting 29 home runs and driving in 84 RBIs.

The lineup is also rounded out by the presence of former Cardinal Stephen Piscotty. He also had a career year with a career-high 27 home runs and 88 RBIs.

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