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Monday, February 26, 2018

The Yankees are more than Judge and Stanton

Por Jack Leyva

Yes, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge have generated lots of noise for their enormous power, but if we look further from these two sluggers we can find a roster full of talent, with a spectacular economic solvency and luxury still to be developed. That is the real power of the Mules in the present, which will probably allow them to enjoy a triumphal future at short notice.

These are the notes that we can take when we study the Yankees, that started 2018 with the fresh memory of his race until the Championship Series last October, in which they were almost out of the World Series. They have added new talents to face the road of the campaign, which promises great rivalry, because his fiercest opponents (Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, Minnesota, Houston, Seattle) have also strengthened their teams to fight for the title of the American League, or at least try.

Of course, when you talk about additions the first name that comes to mind is Giancarlo Stanton, obtained in a trade with the Miami Marlins. As logical, the name of an MVP calls the attention, but apart from the big hitter we also find the new mentor Aaron Boone, who played for the Yankees in the past. The mentor doesn’t have experience as a manager in the MLB but his easygoing personality and good relationship with the media have captivated everyone in the first games, which promise a modern and dynamic baseball for the Yankees. Boone has many key players to put into practice a varied game, with the power batting as the main character combined with the speed and the strength of a great group of young players.

For example, let’s take as reference his first line-up of the preseason, in which Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner, three of their undisputable titular players, were not present. The recently acquired utility Brandon Drury, which could play either the third or second base, was not present in this game. In spite of the absences, the team had powerful players like Stanton, the first baseman Greg Bird, the shortstop Didi Gregorius and the center field Aaron Hicks, who will try to keep in 2018 the same great performance of the last season. In the starting line-up were the prospects Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar, which performance will grow as the campaign advances. To all of that, we can add a great starting rotation with Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and the left-handed pitchers CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery, backed up with David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman, members of the best bullpen of the MLB.