Time For The Show!

With high expectations going into the regular season, it looks like the Yankees are ready to get started. With additions like Giancarlo Stanton from last winter and guys such as Brandon Drury and Neil Walker as of late, new skipper Aaron Boone has plenty to work with. Tons of talk has been going on via social media as to how the opening day lineup in Toronto should look like.

Luis Severino has already been named the Yanks opening day starter. He started 3 games during the spring, one of which I saw. Through those outings he went 1-0 with an ERA of 3.38, striking out 17 batters over 13.1 innings. From his performance last year, especially towards season's end he looked to be on fire with great command and confidence. The rest of the projected rotation looks to be Masahiro Tanaka second, Sonny Gray third , C.C. Sabathia fourth, and Jordan Montgomery rounding it out at five. Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield, two of the Yankees top ten overall prospects are eager to join the big league club as well, adding some more depth if needed. Jonathan Holder has been named the team's 13th pitcher with Domingo German being optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The biggest question I ask myself is how the pieces to the puzzle will fall into place going into the season. Is too much a bad thing? With Greg Bird being out 6-8 weeks with a foot injury the first base job looks to be Neil Walker's. Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Gary Sanchez look to have solidified roles to start the season as well. Jacoby Ellsbury is still dealing with a strained oblique he muscle which will leave him off the opening day roster, meaning Aaron Hicks will be out in center field. The right field and the DH jobs are what concern me the most moving forward. Judge and Stanton are both primary right fielders. Does Stanton DH on Thursday or does Judge? Sanchez could even DH platooning with Austin Romine as time goes on. The second and third base options to change up as well if either Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar get called up. My opening day lineup would look like this with all of that in mind:

1. Didi Gregorius SS

2. Aaron Judge RF

3. Brett Gardner LF

4. Giancarlo Stanton DH

5. Gary Sanchez C

6. Aaron Hicks CF

7. Brandon Drury 3B

8. Neil Walker 1B

9. Ronald Torreyes 2B

P Luis Severino

Aaron Boone must be careful with how he does things this year, but I believe his confidence, energy and knowledge of the game will suit him well. I could be wrong when I say that too much could be too much. In any situation, it's about handling what you have in the best way possible. Let's not over think things, the 2018 campaign is only two days away. Let the excitement begin!

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