Can The Yankees Score 1000 Runs This Season?
The Yankees have always been considered a high powered offensive team, although their pitching is pretty good too, but can the Yanks be the next team to score 1000 runs in a single season since the Indians did in '99?
Many doubters would bring up the age factor and ability to stay healthy of some of the more seasoned veterans, like Jorge Posada or Nick Johnson, who both have had injury problems in the past.
But I would say the Yanks have a good shot at breaching the 1000 run threshold. All you have to do is look at their "Revolving Door" lineup.
It is stacked at the top and bottom with guys that get on base and can steal bases. Jeter had a .406 OBP last season and stole 30 bases, not too shaby for a 35 year old. And now the Yanks slot Nick Johnson with his .402 career OBP in the two hole behind Jeter. Plus Brett Gardner, likely hitting last, who can steal a ton of bases and should benefit from a full season of play.
Now with the table set, the Yanks bring in the big bashers. Teixeira, A-Rod, and some combination of Posada, Granderson, Cano, and Swisher can do alot of damage. After all, the Yanks did lead the majors in home runs last year, and there is no evidence to support that they can't do it again in 2010.
If anything they should improve upon their offensive totals from '09, considering A-Rod will be 100% for a full season and the rest of the team should benefit from that. I also think Cano is yet to reach his full potential at the plate, he may very well improve upon his totals from a year ago. And I think Granderson will transition nicely to Yankee Stadium's short porch in right, I'm not saying he's going to hit 45 homers or anything, but I could see him driving in a 100 runs and hitting between 25-35 taters.
By no means am I saying the Yankees need to drive in a 1000 runs to be successful, but I'm saying it's a possibility that they could. Will they? Who knows? But if everyone stays healthy in that stacked lineup, I can see it happening.
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