2014 Season Preview

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With the 2014 Season underway on Tuesday and the Yankees 25-man roster now set, I figured now would be a good time to do a Season Preview of the team. You may agree with where I believe the Yankees will finish, you may disagree with where I believe the Yankees will finish, but that’s the joy of it all. We all have our own opinions, so without further ado, here’s my preview on the 2014 Yankees. 

Last season was a season most Yankees fans would like to forget, with the Yankees finishing in third place with an 85-77 record and missing the postseason for just the second time in the last 19 seasons. The Yankees were forced to say goodbye to Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte as the both of them decided to retire following the 2013 season. Well, it’s a new year and most of the question marks the Yankees had in Spring Training this year have been answered. But before we go any further, here is your 25 man roster for Opening Day:

Pitchers
68 Dellin Betances
27 Shawn Kelley
18 Hiroki Kuroda
47 Ivan Nova
67 Vidal Nuno
41 David Phelps
35 Michael Pineda
30 David Robertson
52 CC Sabathia
19 Masahiro Tanaka
48 Matt Thornton
43 Adam Warren

Catchers
29 Francisco Cervelli
34 Brian McCann

Infielders
39 Dean Anna
2 Derek Jeter
33 Kelly Johnson
14 Brian Roberts
89 Yangervis Solarte
25 Mark Teixeira

Outfielders
36 Carlos Beltran
22 Jacoby Ellsbury
11 Brett Gardner
12 Alfonso Soriano
31 Ichiro Suzuki

ROTATION: When the 2013 season ended, there were more questions than answers about the pitching rotation. Phil Hughes became a free agent, Andy Pettitte retired and CC Sabathia had a very rough season. The pitching situation improved when the Yankees won the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes but when they announced they were going to fill the fifth spot within the organization, fans were skeptical about Michael Pineda who was two years removed from shoulder surgery. Pineda quickly quieted the doubters, only giving up two runs in sixteen innings of work. The rotation this Spring has proved that if they’re all pitching well, it’s going to be hard for other teams to scratch out runs and it has the potential to be one of the best rotations in the American League.

BULLPEN: The bullpen isn’t as certain as the rotation, especially with the retirement of future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera but the closing situation is in good hands with David Robertson. With the closing role locked up, it’s up to the Yankees to figure out how are they going to build the bridge to get to Robertson. Will they use Shawn Kelley as the set-up man? Will Dellin Betances be the seventh inning guy? Will the Yankees use David Phelps as a piece to build the bridge since his role is undetermined? Those are the few questions the Yankees have to answer, but this bullpen has the potential to being a shutdown pen if everyone stays healthy.

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3 Responses to 2014 Season Preview

  1. cooolbreeez says:

    From your keyboard to God's ear.

  2. Tim says:

    I agree, I think this team wins 97 games, wins the East, and beats the Cardinals in the WS.

  3. Yankees fan says:

    I am crazy so I want to see the Yankees win 100 games.