Projected Stats For The 2011 New York Yankees

Raul RodriguezContributor IIIMarch 8, 2011

Projected Stats For The 2011 New York Yankees

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Manager Joe Girardi, Nick Swisher #33, Robinson Cano #24, Derek Jeter #2 and Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees stand on the mound during a pitching change against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010
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    There are so many question marks going into the new 2011 season in the Bronx.  Here, you will see my predictions for the lineup, starting rotation, bullpen, and overall major league roster.  I will give predictions for statistics.  There will be stats for hitters in the lineup, starting pitchers, relievers, and the bench.

1. Brett Gardner

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18:  Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees bats against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    2010 Stats: 477 AB, .277 AVG, 5 HR, 47 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 500 AB, .285 AVG, 6 HR, 55 RBI

    This is where Brett Gardner should be in the lineup, as opposed to Derek Jeter being here.  Gardner could win the leadoff spot in spring because of his patience at the plate.

2. Nick Swisher

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18:  Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees bats against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2010 in New York, New York. The Rangers won 8-0. (Photo by Al Bello/Get
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    2010 Stats: 566 AB, .288 AVG, 29 HR, 89 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 586 AB, .272 AVG, 25 HR, 79 RBI

    I am not completely convinced Swisher is going to have the same great year he had last year.  He is still going to have a very solid year, though.

3. Robinson Cano

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18:  Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees bats against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    2010 Stats: 626 AB, .319 AVG, 29 HR, 109 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 615 AB, .314 AVG, 31 HR, 111 RBI

    Cano is going to slightly improve on those homerun and RBI numbers this upcoming season.

4. Alex Rodriguez

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a ground rule double in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bro
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    2010 Stats: 522 AB, .270 AVG, 30 HR, 125 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 557 AB, .263 AVG, 31 HR, 115 RBI

    I am thinking that A-Rod will continue putting up those gaudy HR/RBI numbers, although his average will struggle at times.

5. Mark Teixeira

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees bats against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Ge
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    2010 Stats: 601 AB, .256 AVG, 33 HR, 108 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 595 AB, .272 AVG, 35 HR, 116 RBI

    Teixeira should be able to rebound this year, at least average-wise.  Hopefully, he will be ready for the start of the season.

6. Derek Jeter

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees hits a triple in the third inning against Tommy Hunter #35 of the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough
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    2010 Stats: 663 AB, .270 AVG, 10 HR 67 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 623 AB, .283 AVG, 9 HR, 62 RBI

    I think Jeter continued to struggle in 2010 because he was given so many AB's with few days off by Girardi.  The manager has to do a better job and give Jeter some breaks every now and then.

7. Curtis Granderson

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against Alexi Ogando #64 of the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October
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    2010 Stats: 466 AB, .247 AVG, 24 HR, 67 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 584 AB, .279 AVG, 31 HR, 86 RBI

    I really believe Granderson is going to turn it on this year.  The key to this is him being healthy this season.  Despite a horrible start to the season, Granderson ended up with a high HR number of 24.  If he has a decent year at Yankee Stadium in 2011, Granderson could end up with 30 HR.  He'll need to be healthy, though.

8. Jorge Posada

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees hits a double against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIs
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    2010 Stats: 383 AB, .248 AVG, 18 HR, 57 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 511 AB, .262 AVG, 24 HR, 77 RBI

    I see a better year for Jorge, as long as he doesn't catch.  Leave that to Martin...

9. Russell Martin

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25:  Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI double which accounts for the game's only run in the eighth nning against the New York Mets on July 25, 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.   The Dodgers
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    2010 Stats: 331 AB, .248 AVG, 5 HR, 26 RBI

    Projected 2011 Stats: 353 AB, .269 AVG, 12 HR, 54 RBI

    I'm expecting better from Martin in a change of scenery.  Hopefully his knee will be 100 percent.

1. CC Sabathia

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Get
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    2010: 237.2 IP, 21-7, 3.18 ERA

    Projected 2011 Stats: 247 IP, 19-8, 3.32 ERA

    CC will be counted on more this season.  He might now have the same ERA as last year, but he should be able to perform well.

2. Phil Hughes

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen
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    2010 Stats: 176.1 IP, 18-8, 4.19 ERA

    Projected 2011 Stats: 201 IP, 17-6, 3.83 ERA

    Hughes will be pitching better than last year, but who knows if the win totals will come like they did.  The only reason he had most of those wins in 2010 was because of the potent offense.

3. AJ Burnett

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Rangers won 10-3.  (P
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    2010 Stats: 186.2 IP, 10-15, 5.26 ERA

    Projected 2011 Stats: 191 IP, 13-9, 4.35 ERA

    AJ will improve this season.  I can guarantee that he won't be below .500 with this Yankee offense.

4. Ivan Nova

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 29: Starting pitcher Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    2010 Stats: 42.0 IP, 1-2, 4.50 ERA

    Projected 2011 Stats: 183.2 IP, 12-7, 4.02 ERA

    Nova will probably improve, as long as he could start to pitch well late in the games, when facing batters a second and third time.

5. Freddy Garcia

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 10: Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia #43 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on August 10, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    2010 Stats: 157.0 IP, 12-6, 4.64 ERA

    Projected 2011 Stats: 162.2 IP, 13-8, 4.32 ERA

    Garcia will pitch effectively and be consistent throughout the year.  He will need to work with Larry Rothschild and improve SO numbers.

SURPISE: Jesus Montero

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 12:  World Futures All-Star Jesus Montero of the New York Yankees bats during the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    2011 Stats: 223 AB, .281 AVG, 11 HR, 48 RBI