Yankees: Predicting statistical leaders for the 2018 season
RBI: Giancarlo Stanton
The Yankees could probably have as many as five guys with over 100 RBIs this season but the pick here is Stanton for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that Gary Sanchez will not be in the lineup every day and if he’s healthy the entire season that means he’ll likely play about 130 to 140 games. Barring any injury himself, Stanton will be in the lineup in some form every day which should put him in the 150 game range. More games mean more RBI chances for last year’s NL MVP.
The other reason is Judge will likely spend the majority of the season batting in the two hole with Stanton getting most of his at-bats right behind him or batting clean-up. Judge will have plenty of RBI opportunities himself throughout the season, but more times than not he will be the guy being driven in.
Last year Stanton put up a career-high 132 RBI in a pretty good lineup with the Marlins. This Yankees lineup is a completely different animal. 1-9 they have guys who can get on base at a high rate and pick up a ton of extra base hits. Because of his place in the order, Stanton will have more opportunities than anybody else to drive them in. He’ll do that in bunches in 2018 and could very well set a new career high.