I do not know whether or not the New York Yankees will be contenders for the American League East division this season. My gut is telling me it is going to be a three-team race between the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays this year.
I’m not saying that the Yankees cannot win, but saying that there are a lot of holes in the lineup that are concerning if you are a fan of the team.
First, you have to realize that New York is going to rely heavily on the pitching rotation. CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda are going to be the glue that keeps the team together. Other pitchers like Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda (once he returns) are all going to have to contribute mightily to help carry this team.
Next, small ball is going to be incredibly important. Aside from Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano, the lineup does not provide much pop for home runs. Bunting, stealing bases and walks are all going to have to be used if the Yankees want to win the division or even make the playoffs.
However, that is not even the biggest thing concerning this team. The mystery man behind the plate is what is bothersome currently heading into spring training.
The Yankees lost Russell Martin to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and now Joe Girardi will have to decide between Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart, as Austin Romine will most likely start at the Triple-A level, not that he would be much of an upgrade because of his back problems. Cervelli spent most of last season in the minors, and Stewart jumped around the Yankees last year as well.
If New York knew that this situation was going to happen, why not sign someone who would possibly make a difference. Cervelli is the favorite heading into camp since he has been with the team the most out of the possible options. Not that he is bad, but he does not add the necessary power or runs that the team is going to need this season.
It is all up to Girardi. The Yankees faithful are putting their loyalty into his hands and with all of these concerns, and it is going to be tough to see New York in October.