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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels (5/25-5/27)

After dropping two out of three games to the Rangers in a slugfest series, the Yankees will head back to New York for a three-game set against the Angels as they try to take back the AL East from the Red Sox. The Yankees sit only a single game back of the Red Sox, while the Angels are four and a half back of the defending World Series champion Astros, who the Yankees face following this series. With the Red Sox playing the surprisingly good Atlanta Braves, if the Yankees could take two of three or sweep this series, they could very likely be sitting atop the AL East heading into their series against Houston.

Aaron's 2016 New York Yankees Starters Projections

Although the Yankees finally made it back to the postseason in 2015, they were abruptly eliminated in the Wild Card round which left Yankee fans disappointed. With exactly one week until Opening Day, I wanted to give you my projections for the 2016 New York Yankees lineup and rotation. The Yankees success will ultimately be determined by how healthy they can be over the course of the season. It will be interesting to see whether veterans like A-Rod, Teixeira, Beltran and Ellsbury can consistently produce over the next six or seven months. The acquisitions of both Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks help add depth and stability in the lineup. The pitching rotation is a big question mark, but thanks to an improved bullpen the Yankees should be able to shorten ballgames and salvage a few more wins. Without further ado, here are my 2016 projections:
Photo Via NY Daily News 
Projected 2016 Opening Day Lineup:

Player
POS
AB
HR
RBI
AVG
OBP
SLG
1
Jacoby Ellsbury
OF
531
8
67
.283
.337
.393
2
Brett Gardner
OF
553
15
69
.262
.345
.404
3
Carlos Beltran
OF
442
18
75
.269
.341
.478
4
Mark Teixeira
1B
463
31
94
.254
.359
.527
5
Alex Rodriguez
DH
507
27
84
.252
.355
.474
6
Brian McCann
C
479
24
91
.237
.331
.441
7
Chase Headley
3B
572
14
61
.264
.334
.381
8
Starlin Castro
2B
543
16
67
.274
.317
.397
9
Didi Gregorius
SS
515
9
53
.261
.314
.373

Projected 2016 Opening Day Starting Rotation:

Player
IP
W
L
ERA
WHIP
K
1
Masahiro Tanaka
164.2
12
7
3.64
1.14
147
2
Michael Pineda
167.1
13
9
3.84
1.12
164
3
Luis Severino
187.0
14
8
3.37
1.21
173
4
Nathan Eovaldi
194.2
10
7
4.31
1.38
153
5
CC Sabathia
127.1
7
8
4.70
1.40
108
6
Ivan Nova
112.2
7
4
4.33
1.36
92

Yankees finish 2nd place, 89-73. Wild Card.
Article by: Aaron Carroll
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