New York Yankees: 3 Things That Put the Yankees Over the Top

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2. Loaded Lineup

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Over the last two seasons, the Yankees have had a lineup that can produce runs in bunches.

Once again this year, the Yankees will have one of the best, if not the best, lineups in the league. The potential is scary. Just for kicks, an Opening Day lineup could look something like this,

1. D.J. LeMahieu
2. Aaron Judge
3. Gleyber Torres
4. Giancarlo Stanton
5. Aaron Hicks
6. Gary Sanchez
7. Luke Voit
8. Gio Urshela
9. Brett Gardner

That has the possibility of being a relentless lineup. Power, speed and a whole lot of counting numbers that could be piled up in a shortened season. Judge, Hicks and Stanton are returning from injuries that would have kept them out at the beginning of the season. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are on pace to start the season healthy.

The lineup is fragile when it comes to injuries. Judge, Stanton and Sanchez have all missed significant time over the last couple of seasons, but a deep bench has allowed manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees to win at least 100 games in 2018 and 2019. If this lineup is able to stay healthy, it could be one of the reasons the Yankees find themselves playing deep into October.