By Timothy Downs @Tidow1212 on March 14, 2014
It is no secret that the New York Yankees are expected to do big things every season by their ownership and their fan-base. After missing out on the playoffs last season, the team went out once again and spent big money, bringing in new faces like Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka. The new players have not received much criticism, but some familiar faces have this Spring Training.
Ivan Nova is crucial at the back-end of the Yanks rotation. The youngster tends to brag about his own skills very often which leaves him open to criticism. His recent performance giving up nine hits has some in the media worried.
Even Yankee legend Derek Jeter has received criticism as he gears up for his final season in the league. Many think Jeter will struggle to stay healthy which will hinder his performance when he is on the field.
Hiroki Kuroda has started the Spring off shaky, and although he is not personally concerned, some in the media have show skepticism of whether or not the 39-year-old will continue his winning ways since becoming a Yankee.
It is no secret that Mark Teixiera typically slumps the first month or two of the season, and with him missing the majority of 2013, fans and media alike have grown impatient with the slugger. He must perform early and often.
C.C. Sabathia came into Spring Training having lost a ton of weight, leading many to speculate that his down season last year might continue due to possible lack of power of his pitches. A solid month of April will do wonders to ease the tension.
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