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    Predicting the Yankees Opening Day 26 Man Roster

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    Catches: Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka

    Starter: Gary Sanchez.

    Backup: Kyle Higashioka

    First Base: Luke Voit and Mike Ford

    Starter: Luke Voit

    Backup: Mike Ford

    Backup: DJ LeMahieu/Miguel Andujar

    Second Base: DJ LeMahieu

    Starter: DJ LeMahieu

    Backup: Tyler Wade

    Backup: Gleyber Torres

    Short Stop: Gleyber Torres

    Starter: Gleyber Torres

    Backup: Tyler Wade

    Third Base: Gio Urshela and Miguel Andujar

    Starter: Gio Urshela

    Backup: Miguel Andujar

    Backup: DJ LeMahieu

    Outfield: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Tauchman

    Starters: Giancarlo Stanton (LF), Brett Gardner (CF), Aaron Judge (RF)

    Backups: Mike Tauchman (LF/CF/RF), Tyler Wade (LF/RF)

    Designated Hitter: Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Ford, Luke Voit

    Starter: Miguel Andujar

    Backups: Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Ford, Luke Voit

    Utility: Tyler Wade

    Starting Pitchers: Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, James Paxton, J.A. Happ

    Relief Pitchers: Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Khanle, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, Jonathan Holder

    Projected lineup:

    1. DJ LeMahieu 2B

    2. Aaron Judge RF

    3. Gleyber Torres SS
    4. Giancarlo Stanton LF

    5. Gary Sanchez C

    6. Brett Gardner CF

    7. Gio Urshela 3B

    8. Luke Voit 1B

    9. Miguel Andujar DH

    Projected Starting Rotation:

    1. Gerrit Cole RHP

    2. Masahiro Tanaka RHP

    3. Luis Severino RHP

    4. James Paxton LHP

    5. J.A. Happ LHP

    Projected Bullpen:

    LRP: Jonathan Loaisiga RHP

    LRP: Luis Cessa RHP

    MRP: Jonathan Holder RHP

    MRP: Chad Green RHP

    MRP: Adam Ottavino RHP

    SU: Tommy Khanle RHP

    SU: Zack Britton LHP

    CP: Aroldis Chapman LHP

    Narrowly missed the roster: Clint Frazier (OF), Thairo Estrada (2B/SS), Jordan Montgomery (SP), Ben Heller (RP).

    Team prediction: The Yankees are in a prime position to win at least 100 games and contend for the World Series in 2020. After landing top free agent starter Gerrit Cole on a 9 year deal worth $324 million, giving them the front of the rotation guy they desperately needed. The Yankees have maintained virtually everyone from last year’s team excluding Didi Gregorius (Phillies) and Cameron Maybin (Free Agent). Last season, most of the roster was on the disabled list at some point last season and the team still won 103 games. The Yankees will certainly hope power hitting outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo return to their 2017 form, DJ LeMahieu performs as well as his 2019 campaign, Gleyber Torres can continue to improve, and receive above average performances from the likes of Brett Gardner, Gio Urshela, Luke Voit, and Miguel Andujar. If the Yankees roster stays healthy and each player performs at the level they’re capable of, they could have four MVP candidates in Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, and Gleyber Torres. The Yankees could also have two pitchers competing for the CY Young in Gerrit Cole and Luis Severino. Cole was last year’s AL CY Young runner up last season while Severino came in third in 2017. The Yankees also have a couple pitchers who are capable of competing for Reliever of the Year in Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton. This year’s Yankee team is one of the best rounded teams in MLB history and this season is certainly World Series or bust. I predict the Yankees go 108-54 in the regular season and at least make it to the ALCS. The key factor for this team’s success comes down to health. The 2019 Yankees sent a record number of players to the IL and will need to hope for the best in terms of health. THIS IS WORLD SERIES OR BUST!

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    I am a rising 12th grader from New York City who enjoys writing about Major League Baseball. @mlbzone_ on Instagram

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    Justin Girshon
    I am a rising 12th grader from New York City who enjoys writing about Major League Baseball. @mlbzone_ on Instagram

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