Yankees: 4 Worst-Case Scenarios for the 2020 Season

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Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

2. Stanton falls flat

Frustrations would only grow if Giancarlo Stanton is unable to produce in 2020.

Out of all the players on the roster, perhaps none enters the season with more pressure on his shoulders than Giancarlo Stanton.

Justified or not, the well-paid slugger has frustrated many Yankees fans through his two seasons in pinstripes.

Despite helping carry the Yankees in the 2018 campaign with his 38 home run and 100 RBI, Stanton struggled in the postseason and it defined an otherwise impressive debut campaign for him.

Of course, his injury-riddled 2019 did him no favors and he now enters a critical year in winning over a demanding fan base. If he’s unable to, it could get ugly, especially after he’s done nothing to help out in quite a while.

While hearing fans complain about Stanton on social media and sports talk radio will certainly get old, his importance on the field cannot be overstated.

The former MVP sits in the heart of the Yankees lineup and helps other sluggers produce solely thanks to his presence. And if he’s able to actually consistently hit, the Bombers’ lineup is nearly unstoppable.

A World Series will not be possible unless Stanton is a key contributor.