Monday, March 26, 2012

Nearing the Home Stretch

The majority of Spring Training is over. The Yankees have a week's worth of games left, with the final four games against the Marlins in their new park, and the Mets, respectively. The Yankees have made it through Spring Training with almost no injuries and the opening day lineup will likely be the one we were all expecting.

The Joba Chamberlain trampoline injury shocked all of Yankee Universe, but it was not as bad as initially thought. Chamberlain and the team remain optimistic that Joba will be ready by July, but many writers are saying that he is done for the 2012 season. The Yankee bullpen without Chamberlain is already a strength, but Joba provides depth in an already dominant pen. The Yankees are in no rush to bring Joba back before he is physically ready to return.

With all of the bases covered, this is Girardi's probable Opening Day lineup against the the Rays next Friday:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Stay tuned for my MLB wins predictions as well as how I feel the Yankees optimal lineup and rotation should look like.

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