Three Bold Predictions for the Remainder of the Yankees Season
The saying in baseball goes, "It, the season, is a marathon, not a sprint."
It's nearly impossible to predict what will happen over the course of a major league season. Teams slump, players get injured, and the improbable and impossible are always right around the corner.
With that said, it's fun to look into the future, especially when it's the future of a team with as much potential as the New York Yankees. So, with that said, here are three bold predictions for the remainder of the Bronx Bombers' season.
All stats were obtained via Baseball-Reference.com.
The Yankees Will Bring in a Starting Pitcher
Things took a turn for the worst when Ivan Nova went down with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in April. The injury required Tommy John surgery that effectively ended his season.
Since then Vidal Nuno has filled in for Nova. Additionally, Michael Pineda will be out for three-to-four weeks following his pine tar suspension, spreading the Yankees' rotation very thin. They need to add an arm, and they need to do it fast.
The Chicago Cubs could be the answer.
With Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija, the lowly Cubbies have two starters who in all likelihood will find themselves on the trade block sooner than later.
Hammel, who signed a one-year deal this past offseason, is off to a great start. He is 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA and could be a cheap pickup for the Yankees. Samardzija on the other hand can not buy a win due to a lack of run support, but he is sporting a phenomenal 1.62 ERA. Considered a top-notch pitcher, the Yankees would have to put together a nice package in order to land Samardzija.
Of course, there are other options out there for the Yankees, and the list of names on the block will continue to grow as the season progresses. It's a safe bet New York will find a way to bring in another starter.
CC Sabathia Will Lose His Status as New York's Ace
After a sub-par 2013 season that saw CC Sabathia put up a 4.78 ERA and a 14-13 record, many questioned whether or not the 33-year-old was still capable of leading a staff.
Based on how things have gone for Sabathia so far this year, it would appear that the answer is no.
Despite a 1.29 ERA in 21 innings this past spring training, Sabathia's loss in velocity was highly publicized. Now that the actual season has begun, his video game numbers have disappeared as well. In seven starts, he has been hammered, going 3-4 with a 5.75 ERA.
Now, this is not to say that Sabathia has has nothing left. He can and will contribute to this team; there is no doubt about that. However, it appears that he is no longer the pitcher he once was. He is not an ace anymore. When the Yankees make the playoffs, and they will, do not be surprised when Joe Girardi sends someone else out to the mound for Game 1.
Masahiro Tanaka Will Win Rookie of the Year
The Yankees took a huge risk when they gave Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka a seven-year, $155 million contract this past winter.
So far, it seems to be paying off.
In seven starts Tanaka is undefeated at 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA. On top of that, he has been incredibly accurate. In 49 innings he has walked only seven batters while striking out 58. In a rotation plagued by injuries and underachievers, Tanaka has been a rock and stopper, shutting down opposing lineups start after start.
Impressive to say the least for the rookie.
If Tanaka keeps this up, he will be looking at an American League Rookie of the Year award. Right now his biggest competition is the White Sox's slugging first baseman Joes Abreu. Like Tanaka, the Cuban defector has taken the league by storm, belting 13 homers and driving in 37 runners so far this young season.
What do you think is in store for the Bronx Bombers?
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