2015 Record: 87-75
Runs Per Game: 4.69 (2nd)
Team ERA: 4.05 (17th)
Run Differential: +66 (11th)
What Went Right:
The Old guys, Mark Texeira and A-Rod, combined for 64 home runs. No one saw that coming. Their lineup also saw above average contributions from veterans like Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, and Brian McCann. Their Jeter replacement, Didi Gregorius, played great defense and wasn’t a disaster with the bat.
Michael Pineda’s ERA wasn’t good but his other numbers were. A good sign for the still young pitcher. Nathan Eovaldi had a great win-loss record. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller were a great one-two punch at the end of the bullpen.
What Went Wrong:
The Yankees re-signed Stephen Drew and he sucked. Jacoby Ellsbury continued to decline and looks like one of the most overpaid players in the game now.
Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t bad but he wasn’t close to the pitcher he was in 2014 before getting hurt. Somehow Ivan Nova still made 17 starts for the team. They didn’t go well, as expected
Player to Watch?:
We wondered whether CC Sabathia could turn it around this season. Now we’re hoping he could turn his life around.
There’s Always Next Year:
The Yankees made some high profile trades this offseason, acquiring Aroldis Chapman and Starlin Castro. They made the playoffs last year and with those additions they could compete for another title, as long as A-Rod and Texeira repeat what they did last year.
How Did We Do:
We didn’t see the Yankees making the playoffs but no one saw A-Rod actually contributing.