After a hiatus from baseball which seemed to have lasted an eternity, MLB’s Opening Day has finally arrived. After a disappointing end to a fairly dominant season for the New York Yankees, both casual and die-hard fans are eager to see their beloved team take the field for 2020 season. Yankees fans may have some questions about their team that the upcoming season will most certainly answer. Here are three Yankees storylines going into the 2020 season for the Bronx Bombers.
3. The Giancarlo Stanton Revenge Tour
Once a cherished slugging superstar of the Miami Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton became a villain when he was traded to the Evil Empire prior to the 2018 season. Many Yankees fans loathe Stanton as well because of his “lack of production” since putting on the pinstripes. He also had his issues with staying healthy, as he only played 18 games in 2019. However, the season prior, he mashed 38 home runs and had a very respectable .852 OPS.
Did people forget that Stanton was an MVP just 3 years ago? Did they forget that he hit 59 home runs in a single season? While Stanton has not lived up to his price tag yet as a Yankee, he still is one of the most feared power hitters in the league. In a shortened season with a championship-caliber squad, now is a great time for Stanton to prove his worth.
2. Gerrit Cole‘s First Year in Pinstripes
The top story in baseball this offseason that did not have to do with the Houston Astros was certainly Gerrit Cole hitting free agency. The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels were the favorites to sign the ace, but it was the Bombers who were able to ink him to a new deal. Cole is coming off the best season of his career, where he posted a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts.
Cole’s pristine season came at the perfect time as he signed a mega-contract this winter that is worth $324 million over a span of nine years. This makes the 29-year-old right-handed pitcher the highest-paid hurler of all time. Both the Yankees organization and fans alike expect Cole to be an elite pitcher for years to come. The Yankees acquired Cole to bolster a top roster. He has the opportunity to hoist a championship trophy in just his first season in Pinstripes.
1. Chase For 28
The Yankees are in win-now mode this season. It has been 11 years since the Yankees have won the World Series. They have fallen just short the past couple of years, but now is a good time as any to win it all. Not only that, but it is also very possible the Yankees will never have a team as good as they do right now. Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and D.J. LeMahieu will all hit free agency after this season.
Winning the World Series will be no easy feat, as the Astros, Dodgers, Twins, and Braves also have top-tier squads. However, championship teams beat great teams. If the Yankees are going to win the World Series they almost certainly will have to face off against one of these squads. There is also no margin for error this year. In a 60-game season, it is paramount for the Yankees to start strong and finish strong in order to get a good seed come playoff time. The Yankees may have gone an entire decade without making it past the ALCS, however, it is possible they win the Fall Classic in just the first year of the 2020s.
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