2010 MLB Season Preview: New York Yankees

>> Monday, March 8, 2010

It is kind of scary to think that the Yankees are better in 2010 than they were in 2009. New Center Fielder Curtis Granderson is such an upgrade, and not having the pressure of batting lead off like he did for the Detroit Tigers may be just the thing Curtis needed to unleash some firepower. Of course hitting left handed in new Yankee Stadium will certainly help him improve his power numbers. While they will have a spring training battle to see who replace Johnny Damon in left the Yankee offense will be younger and faster in 2010.

The Yankee starting rotation may not be a deep as the Boston Red Sox’s but it is very scary to look at on paper. CC Sabathia return as the ace, with AJ Burnett, Andy Petite, newcomer Javier Vazquez backing him up. Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes will battle it out in spring training for the fifth starters spot.

The only hole I see in the Yankees roster at this point is a pretty weak bench. Typically this is how the Yankees save a little payroll. Since their big money stars are not only good but can be counted on to start 150 games a season they don’t need very strong bench players to keep the team churning.

Here's what I think the lineup may look like:

1. SS Derek Jeter
2. DH Nick Johnson
3. 1B Mark Teixeira
4. 3B Alex Rodriguez
5. C Jorge Posada
6. CF Curtis Granderson
7. 2B Robinson Cano
8. RF Nick Swisher
9. LF Brett Gardner

SP: CC Sabathia
SP: A.J. Burnett
SP: Andy Pettitte
SP: Javier Vazquez
SP: Phil Hughes

CP: Mariano Rivera

On Deck: Atlanta Braves