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The Yanks have the best line up in baseball. They have good starting pitching, not great, but good and they have more depth than you think. Henn, DeSalvo, Rasner and DePaula can all be called up to spot start...and they will be before Erickson. They have the best bull pen in the division by far and one of the best in all of baseball. Gary Cantfield is the only real big defensive liability. Damon is a better fielder than you all are giving him credit for. He just has a shitty arm, but he can go get it. Matsui is an average fielder. The infield defense should be fine. Giambi, contrary to popular belief, is a pretty good fielder, he just cant throw the ball....but how often does a first baseman have to throw the ball?

 

DH and the bench are the only real weaknesses of the team.

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Why is that such a sure thing? Jeter's OBP is like 30 points above Damon's. Plus, I think Damon's ability to hit to all fields make him an ideal #2. Jeter has the habit of reaching out for pitches before the ball is even on it's way.

Because Torre said so ;)

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That was funny but yeah i think we will prob start damon but there is the chance that we start jeter we used him all last year as lead off

That's because you had no one else. Womack couldn't hit shit last year and he would have been basically your only other candidate.

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The Yanks have the best line up in baseball. They have good starting pitching, not great, but good and they have more depth than you think. Henn, DeSalvo, Rasner and DePaula can all be called up to spot start...and they will be before Erickson. They have the best bull pen in the division by far and one of the best in all of baseball. Gary Cantfield is the only real big defensive liability. Damon is a better fielder than you all are giving him credit for. He just has a shitty arm, but he can go get it. Matsui is an average fielder. The infield defense should be fine. Giambi, contrary to popular belief, is a pretty good fielder, he just cant throw the ball....but how often does a first baseman have to throw the ball?

 

DH and the bench are the only real weaknesses of the team.

 

I disagree. I don't deny that the Yankees have a good bullpen but "best bullpen in the division by far" and "one of the best in all of baseball" is an outright lie. Let's just do a comparison between Sox and Yankees even.

 

Red Sox ---- Yankees

Foulke --- Rivera

Timlin --- Farnsworth

Seanez --- Villone

Riske --- Myers

Papelbon --- Sturtze

Arroyo --- Small

 

This is how it's working out so far with Wells not traded yet and Pavano hitting the DL. Rivera is obviously better than Foulke, but if Foulke is back to form, he can close games. Timlin is steadier than Farnsworth, who has questions around his ability to pitch in big games. Seanez has pitched a career best his last two years after starting martial arts to keep himself in shape. Villone, on the other hand has a 4.75 career era and a 1.49 career WHIP which will hurt the pen. Despite giving up the long ball, David Riske is a solid 3 era. Myers on the other hand is a left handed specialist and only that. Papelbon is an up and coming star, and barring his return to the rotation, will dominate while Sturtze has always been an average pitcher and tailed off at the end of last year. Arroyo is versatile and can have a solid 4 era in the pen while Aaron Small had an incredible year but it doesn't hide his career 4.90 era and 1.57 WHIP. I don't know, I think the Sox have the better bullpen.

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I disagree. I don't deny that the Yankees have a good bullpen but "best bullpen in the division by far" and "one of the best in all of baseball" is an outright lie. Let's just do a comparison between Sox and Yankees even.

 

Red Sox ---- Yankees

Foulke --- Rivera

Timlin --- Farnsworth

Seanez --- Villone

Riske --- Myers

Papelbon --- Sturtze

Arroyo --- Small

 

This is how it's working out so far with Wells not traded yet and Pavano hitting the DL. Rivera is obviously better than Foulke, but if Foulke is back to form, he can close games. Timlin is steadier than Farnsworth, who has questions around his ability to pitch in big games. Seanez has pitched a career best his last two years after starting martial arts to keep himself in shape. Villone, on the other hand has a 4.75 career era and a 1.49 career WHIP which will hurt the pen. Despite giving up the long ball, David Riske is a solid 3 era. Myers on the other hand is a left handed specialist and only that. Papelbon is an up and coming star, and barring his return to the rotation, will dominate while Sturtze has always been an average pitcher and tailed off at the end of last year. Arroyo is versatile and can have a solid 4 era in the pen while Aaron Small had an incredible year but it doesn't hide his career 4.90 era and 1.57 WHIP. I don't know, I think the Sox have the better bullpen.

 

You fogot about Dotel who should be back by May. He was a very good closer for the A's before the injury. If he's healthy (Love me some tommy john) then we have the best bullpen in the division by far...I disagree with the best in the league comment.

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You fogot about Dotel who should be back by May. He was a very good closer for the A's before the injury. If he's healthy (Love me some tommy john) then we have the best bullpen in the division by far...I disagree with the best in the league comment.

 

Yah, I had Dotel on my mind when I was writing it but got distracted by stats. When healthy, Dotel is arguably the best middle reliever in the league, providing insane strikeouts and an ERA to match. Thing is, Dotel is coming off of surgery. If healthy and if he gets back into shape, Dotel should be a great aid to the Yankees. Note that I was referring to current bullpens though...if the season were to start today.

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Yah, I had Dotel on my mind when I was writing it but got distracted by stats. When healthy, Dotel is arguably the best middle reliever in the league, providing insane strikeouts and an ERA to match. Thing is, Dotel is coming off of surgery. If healthy and if he gets back into shape, Dotel should be a great aid to the Yankees. Note that I was referring to current bullpens though...if the season were to start today.

Fair enough...

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