• The 2018 Yankees Are Stacked

    Posted by on December 18th, 2017 · Comments (7)

    In terms of talent and depth, this just may be the best Yankees team (in 2018) since…well, a really long time. They have it all. Offense? Really, we have to ask about it? Just stop…seriously. Defense? They should be OK. Starting pitching? The rotation is deep and talented. And, we know they have a great bullpen.

    That all said, it’s reasonable to have high expectations for the 2018 Yankees. They should finish first. At the least, they should win 91 games. And, it’s not being unfair to expect them to win 95 or more.

    If this team doesn’t win at least 91 games, it’s a failure. If they come in with closer to 85 wins, something has really gone wrong.

    If that does happen, I would assume it’s on Boone. And, then it’s on Cashman for hiring Boone.

    The whole Boone hiring smells of Cashman trying to prove that he is smart. And, we’ve seen that before…

    Yeah, I know “He traded for Stanton!” Well, yeah, and he signed Ellsbury too. And, sure “He drafted Judge!” Well yeah, he also drafted Kaprielian, Lindgren, Jagielo, Hensley, Bichette, Culver and a million other high pick duds. And, correct “He signed Tanaka!” Well, do we really want to talk about that…Kei Igawa, cough, cough…

    That’s the thing with Cashman. He’s the Chris Carter of GMs. Yeah, once in a while, he connects. But, he swings and misses A LOT.

    In any event, give him credit for putting together a SUPER roster for 2018. Now, if it goes wrong, and it’s because of Boone, then, once again, Cashman goes down on strikes.

    Comments on The 2018 Yankees Are Stacked

    1. EHawk
      December 19th, 2017 | 3:09 am

      Cashman is very good GM…definitely one of the better ones in baseball. I’m not saying he hasn’t made mistakes but every GM makes mistakes. His recent rebuild of the Yanks farm system from one of the worst to the best in baseball deserves him a lot of credit

    2. Greg H.
      December 19th, 2017 | 4:53 pm

      “That’s the thing with Cashman. He’s the Chris Carter of GMs. Yeah, once in a while, he connects. But, he swings and misses A LOT.”

      Chris Carter? Maybe Dustin Pedroia… Looks weird, a few head scratchers mixed in with overall solid performance. Lately more solid than not.

      FA signings have been a mixed bag. Andrew Miller very very good. That Ellsbury deal though – wow. We knew it was bad when it happened, but that was just really bad.

      But most recent trades have been very good. Even the head scratcher of sending Wilson away for Cessa and Green. Turned out ok! Didi for Shane Green? Turned out ok! Castro for Stanton? Check!

      Glad you gave the moon-elf some credit Steve – I know how brutal that must be for you 🙂

    3. December 19th, 2017 | 7:51 pm

      The thing that has always bugged me is that everyone is so quick to give him credit for fixing something; but, no one ever wants to blame him for creating the mess that needed to get fixed.

    4. Greg H.
      December 21st, 2017 | 11:19 am

      Still want to see if Cashman can pull off Ellsbury to San Francisco.

      I actually don’t mind Ellsbury as a player, just not on this roster and not with that horrible contract. If the Yanks eat all but $8M a year, it’s actually a good fit for him to play Center in SF. I have a feeling he’d do well out here.

    5. Evan3457
      December 23rd, 2017 | 12:45 am

      Yanks are NOT a “super roster”.

      No ace starter. Three #2-3 types, but no ace.

      No elite left-handed hitter. (No, Bird isn’t elite. Not yet, anyway. Neither is Didi.) Too many right-handed hitters who hit a lot of homers, but also K too much, and, if batted back-to-back, will hit into a metric farkton of GIDP.

      As of right now, the Yankees look like a 93-95 win team to me. 50/50 shot of winning the division outright. NOT better than the Astros. NOT better than the Dodgers. Probably not better than the Indians or Cubs, either.

    6. Greg H.
      December 23rd, 2017 | 11:37 am

      @ Evan3457:
      No ace starter – I agree, however this is over rated IMO. Any of Severino, Tanaka, and to a lesser extent Gray and CC can be dominant and all five can keep the team in the game. The bullpen strength makes this rotation quite strong.

      No elite left handed hitter – certainly, but several capable hitters from the left side in Gardner, Bird, Didi and Hicks and yes *cough* Ellsbury when hot – enough that a pitcher breathing sigh of relief could easily get hurt by any of those guys.

      Add Gleyber playing 2nd (and hitting 8th!) in 2 months and who cares, Dave Letterman could play third. This lineup will not be a walk in the garden. If McKinney can learn 1B and back up Bird, that would be kinda good.

      The Yanks played Houston to within a game of the WS and Houston beat the Dodgers. While it would be difficult to say that the Yanks are better than either Houston or Los Angeles, they don’t need to be. They just need to be better in a seven game series. That they can do.

    7. Evan3457
      December 23rd, 2017 | 3:17 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      No ace starter – I agree, however this is over rated IMO. Any of Severino, Tanaka, and to a lesser extent Gray and CC can be dominant and all five can keep the team in the game. The bullpen strength makes this rotation quite strong.

      No elite left handed hitter – certainly, but several capable hitters from the left side in Gardner, Bird, Didi and Hicks and yes *cough* Ellsbury when hot – enough that a pitcher breathing sigh of relief could easily get hurt by any of those guys.

      Add Gleyber playing 2nd (and hitting 8th!) in 2 months and who cares, Dave Letterman could play third. This lineup will not be a walk in the garden. If McKinney can learn 1B and back up Bird, that would be kinda good.

      The Yanks played Houston to within a game of the WS and Houston beat the Dodgers. While it would be difficult to say that the Yanks are better than either Houston or Los Angeles, they don’t need to be. They just need to be better in a seven game series. That they can do.

      This is all true. But Steve called this roster a “super roster”. I was just listing reasons why I think it’s not.

      Oh, one more thing: both Judge and the new guy were terrible last year at hitting in Late & Close situations.

      Late & Close, 2017
      Judge: .215/.360/.355
      New Guy .189/.319/.427

      Yes, they were probably both pitched around, but both probably chased too much, too.

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