So it turns out that all three of my predictions for the New York Yankees in June came true. This brings my prediction percentage to .500 on the season. All that aside, it’s time for my July predictions for this – shall we say - interesting team. Before we begin though, let’s recap last month’s predictions.
Mark Teixeira will get off to a slow start.
Teixeira returned to the Yankees lineup in June, much to the excitement of fans and management alike. Unfortunately though, Tex’s presence was not really felt. After only playing in 15 games, Tex found himself once again on the disabled list and had to undergo right wrist surgery which will keep him out for the season. He did not particularly help the team’s offense, as he only hit .151 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
- Lyle Overbay will see time in the outfield.
After Tex’s return, Overbay was put into the outfield as a means of keeping him on the Yankees roster. He was a pretty decent outfielder in the few games he played, and it helped the Yankees keep his bat in the lineup.
- Another Yankee will go down due to injury.
I was right a few times with this one. In addition to Teixeira’s injury, Kevin Youkilis also went down with a back injury which will keep him out until late September.
- The Yankees will make a somewhat significant trade before or during the deadline.
- At least one player tied to the Biogenesis scandal will be suspended.
I remember reading somewhere a few weeks ago that MLB wanted to announce the suspensions relating to the scandal the day after the All-Star Game. Any suspensions passed down though will surely be fought by the player’s association, so it’s unknown whether or not the players will even serve out the suspensions yet. The Yankees have had two notable names tied to the list of players including Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli. This prediction goes beyond those two, though. This prediction encompasses the entire Yankees organization, including all of their minor league teams.
- Michael Pineda will return and improve the starting rotation.
Pineda’s rehab clock is running out, so after his next rehab start, he must be called up to the big league squad. Finally, after the better part of a year and a half, we will all see whether Pineda was worth giving up Jesus Montero for. Every report that I’ve seen have had good things to say about his performances in rehab games, even if he has struggled a little bit. It seems that his arm strength is essentially back, and he is looking like the pitcher who Seattle Mariners fans dubbed, “The Prince,” when he was successful for a little bit in Seattle. He will surely be an improvement over Phil Hughes or David Phelps.