The many possibilities of a Yankees batting order in 2018
As Yankees fans patiently wait (yeah, right) for Giancarlo Staton to pass his physical, thereby cementing his trade to New York, let’s look ahead to the batting order that manager Aaron Boone could unleash upon the rest of MLB.
Somewhere, Joe Girardi is angrily stewing that the Yankees waited until NOW to go out and get the type of reinforcement Giancarlo Stanton presents.
Somewhere else, Aaron Boone is bouncing off the walls with excitement — coming to terms that the reigning NL MVP is his to deploy alongside Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and others.
Not a bad situation for a guy that’s never managed a day in his. Alas, them’s the brakes!
However, the question remains, what type of batting order the 33rd manager in Yankees’ history puts out come opening day, March 29 in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
As a team in 2017, the Yankees hit a major league-best 241 dingers. With the inclusion of Stanton, who swatted 59 moon shots last season, it’s entirely possible, if not likely, that the 2018 Yanks blow the 1997 Mariners’ record of 264 homers in a season, completely out of the water.
Obviously, home run totals don’t guarantee World Series rings, but it certainly puts you in contention.
Kevin Kernan of the New York Post recently spoke with a scout that couldn’t stop gushing about the nightly home run derby coming to a stadium near you.
"“This is the new Murderers’ Row. Stanton is going to take a lot of pressure off Judge and Sanchez.’’"
Another baseball insider told Kernan this:
"“It’s going to be a devastating lineup, a force to be reckoned with,’’ one scout told The Post on Saturday. He laughed and added, “They better order another 500 dozen BP balls. That is going to be must-see TV with Sanchez, Judge, Stanton and [Greg] Bird hitting in the same group. I can’t wait until the first warm night in May when the ball is jumping at Yankee Stadium.’’"
In the article I penned on Saturday, I went into detail about some of the ways Stanton can be used defensively; so today, let’s take a more in-depth look at the batting order.