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BBB Debates: Aaron Judge in the Leadoff spot

With Opening Day just six days away at this point, the Yankees 25-man roster is coming clearer into focus.  What may not be clear, just yet, is the batting order that Aaron Boone will roll out next Thursday when the Yankees take the field against J.A. Happ and the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Today, Boone may have peeled back the curtain a bit into what exactly he might be planning.

In a few minutes, the Yankees will take the field against the Boston Red Sox in one of their final games of the 2018 Spring Training season (TV: YES, ESPN).  You may have noticed already, but Boone is batting 2017 American League MVP Runner-Up and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot today versus Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Yankees vs. Red Sox today at 1:05pm on @YESNetwork and ESPN pic.twitter.com/oOJIADjqcH — Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 23, 2018

Said Yankee manager Aaron Boone on if this would be a recurring theme throughout the season?: “I have thought about it…

Andrew Miller wins Mariano Rivera Award

In Andrew Miller’s first season with the Yankees, he finished with stellar numbers and impressive recognition for his great season. After pitching to a 3-2 record with a 2.04 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 61.2 innings and 36 saves in 38 opportunities, Miller was rewarded with the Mariano Rivera award for the American League’s top reliever.

After the apparent heir to Rivera, David Robertson walked last offseason for a different shade of pinstripes because the Chicago White Sox gave him a “better opportunity to win” (you can laugh), the Yankees turned their attention to Miller. Miller inked a 4 year, 36 million dollar deal whereas Robertson signed a 4 year deal worth 46 million dollars.

The 6’7” University of North Carolina product Andrew Miller was as shutdown of a closer as you get in 2015. Miller did not allow a single earned run until May 19 and did not blow a save until August 11. To reiterate his reliability, Miller slammed the door in 36 of his 38 save opportunities. Miller also went down with an injury for a month which likely cost him 5 saves over that time period.

Miller looks to build off the success he enjoyed in the 2015 season en route to pitching a full and healthy season in 2016. With the two-headed monster of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller (“DnA”), fans can look forward to more 7-inning games next season.

Article by: Chad Raines
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