Projected Stats For The 2011 New York Yankees

Raul RodriguezContributor IIIMarch 7, 2011

Projected Stats For The 2011 New York Yankees

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    2011 Stats: 223 AB, .281 AVG, 11 HR, 48 RBI