Yankee Fans: No Need to Panic
posted Mar 04 2013, 04:46PM
posted in MLB, Analysis

It’s not easy to remain calm about the New York Yankees in 2013, but are all of the worries for the wrong reasons?  Sure, the Blue Jays made a killing in the off-season acquiring Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey and Melky Cabrera but will this lead them to the playoffs in a tough AL East division?  Where is the chemistry between their new additions and Jose Batista and Edwin Encarnacion?  Baseball fans need to remember that Toronto finished with a 73-89 season, and the Yankees are ready to compete for another AL East first place finish.  Oh, and since 1996, the Yankees finished on top of the division an astonishing 13 times.  Not bad, eh Canada? 

 

Yeah, we also need to look out for the Orioles, but I doubt Buck Showalter’s team can put up another 93 win season.  Two years ago, their record was completely flipped, with a record of 69-93.  Baltimore doesn’t even have a number one starting pitcher at this point, so I don’t look at the O’s as a big threat. 

The Bronx Bombers head into the 2013 season with something they’re not used to.  The Yankees took a different approach this off-season, and didn’t go out writing checks to unproven players such as Josh Hamilton.  The New York media would have killed Hamilton and who knows, he may have even relapsed from such pressure.  The Yankees are sticking with whom they have on their current roster, and with proven veterans, this isn’t such a bad strategy.

Can someone refresh my memory? Who led the league in hits last year? Derek ‘The Captain’ Jeter.  Yeah, he’s definitely old but he will go down as one of the best shortstops ever, and if his production is anything close to what it was last year, there is no need to worry about him.

The Bombers went all of last year without the best closer in baseball history.  Mariano Rivera appears to be healthy and if the Yankees can have a lead going into the 8th inning, victory is more then probable.  The duo of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera at the end of games will put fear in all teams.

The Yankees struggled to produce runs at the end of the 2012 season, especially in the post season.  The injury to Curtis Granderson didn’t help either, but he will be back and healthy by the end of May.  Now the injury to A-Rod is a completely different story.  Are fans really stressing over the loss of Rodriguez? He is awful.  Let him stay out of our line up until August, even though I’d prefer him out for the year.  Kevin Youkilis will be a sufficient replacement.  At least he won’t be dishing out his phone number to ladies while in the dug out.

Going into the season, we have key players entering the final year of their contract, notably Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson.  Rumors have it that we offered Robi a mega deal but it didn’t seem to suit him.  He’s looking for a comparable contract to Albert Pujols, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of a 10 year deal seeking about 22-25 million dollars a year.  If we don’t agree to terms of a contract before the season, this might be a blessing in disguise.  Players in contract years are notorious for having break out performances and although Robi has already proven his worth, another season of his remarkable consistency will secure a long-term deal.  We all know the Yankees aren’t letting Robinson Cano walk away after this year, so I’m fine with a contract stall.  And don’t feel bad for him.  He’s only cashing a check for 15 million this year.

With all of the hoopla surrounding the American League East, I’m confident the Yankees will have another 95 win season and make the playoffs.   Our lineup still consists of Ichiro, Jeter, Cano, Granderson and Teixeira.  We’re getting a healthy Brett Gardner back, and his potential is through the roof.  My bold predication for 2013 is to look out for Eduardo Nunez.  If he can figure out his fielding (he’s been working on his throwing motion), he can be a Yankee for years to come.  We will use him at DH against lefties, and throw him in the field when Jeter needs some rest.

Here’s one piece of advice for Bronx Bomber fans: Quit worrying about your team.  They’ve overcome adversity in the past 16 years and there are no signs of them stopping now.  For now, just hop on one of the New York basketball bandwagons.  After all, when was the last time we had one Eastern Conference title contender, let alone two.  But don’t worry, the pinstripes will prevail. 

Michael Netter
What's up. My name is Michael Netter and I'm graduating in May from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S in Communications. I was born and...





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