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The Yankees’ 2024 Season Is Filled With Many Questions After Initial Concerns

The Yankees’ 2024 Season Is Filled With Many Questions After Initial Concerns

By Derek McAdam

March 27, 2024

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Opening Day is tomorrow. It seems like an eternity since the New York Yankees wrapped up their 2023 season in Kansas City, losing two of three games to finish off an 82-80 campaign. Not many Yankee fans can dispute that it was one of the team's worst seasons in recent memory, and the Yankees looked to several off-season transactions with hope that things will rebound this upcoming season.


However, the Yankees have already had an eventful Spring Training, which leads to several questions that the upcoming season will have. First, and possibly foremost, will Gerrit Cole pitch in 2024? There is no question that Cole is the most valuable Yankee, and it’s not just because he’s coming off a Cy Young season. But he is the first true ace that the team has had since CC Sabathia’s first few seasons in the Bronx.


Cole is going to be out for a couple of months, at the very least, so the Yankees will now have to rely on Marcus Stroman, Nestor Cortes, and Carlos Rodon to lead the starting rotation. It will be a big task for the trio, but one that may dictate early on how the season will ultimately end up.


The next big question that comes to mind is how healthy will the Yankees be able to stay during the course of the season? Of course, Cole’s injury was absolutely devastating, but Aaron Judge also spent some time resting for what Aaron Boone described as “mid-Spring beat up,” whatever that meant. Just a few days ago, it was announced that DJ LeMahieu was going to begin to season on the I.L. with a foot injury.


LeMahieu’s foot injury can go one of two ways. It may end up just been a bone bruise, as the Yankees have currently diagnosed it, or it may possibly be broken and he is out for a longer period. Judge was out for two months last season with a sprained toe, so hopefully LeMahieu doesn’t have to spend as much time away from the game.


But how will players with Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hold up over the course of the season? If Judge is already having some issues with his abdomen, there is a chance that this comes back at some point later this year. Hopefully, it doesn’t, but it’s always a possibility. Stanton has spent a lot of time on the I.L. over the past few seasons, so it will remain to be seen whether or not he can stay on the field.


Speaking of Stanton, another question rises as to whether or not he will be able to have a comeback season following several consecutive years of disappointing play. Stanton said that it will his first full off-season in which he was able to stay 100% healthy, while adding that he made some adjustments to his swing. He had many good at-bats during Spring Training, which is positive news heading into the regular season.


For Stanton, this is a very crucial season, particularly the first couple months. While I am not sure what the Yankee front office is plotting, it wouldn’t be surprising if Stanton is cut once Jasson Dominguez returns, given he is hitting below the Mendoza Line. Dominguez will take a couple of months to come back, so this gives Stanton plenty of time to make a statement. But it’s no secret that his past couple of seasons, particularly last year, were abysmal. It may be now or never for Stanton.


Also, how does Juan Soto do in the Bronx? There’s no doubt that Soto is one of the best players in the game and is only 25-years-old, but he is now playing in a much tougher market than Washington DC or San Diego. Soto was acquired to provide a major boost to the Yankee offense, which was one of the worst overall in the entire league last season. I am confident that Soto will be able to handle the media pressure, since he is incredibly gifted in the batter’s box, but that will remain to be seen.


While all of these questions are important, and there are plenty more that I could include, the biggest question that is on many Yankee fans’ minds is how will the team perform this season? Lots of hope was lost after the Cole injury, and also because the Yankees gave up a lot of runs during Spring Training. However, it is just Spring Training. I wouldn’t put all my money into that stock.


There’s no doubt that the AL East will continue to be tough. Baltimore will likely lead the charge, but Toronto and Tampa Bay are still going to be tough teams to beat. And I wouldn’t sleep on Boston, especially since the Yankees were 4-9 against them last year. So the Yankees are going to have their work cut out for them, but this is a challenge that they have, hopefully, been preparing to face.


Yankee fans, it’s going to be a long season (as every year is). There will be many highs and many lows, but hopefully, they can still provide for some entertaining baseball during the lows. Sure, Cole may be injured and the starting rotation is missing the heartbeat, but let’s see how these other players can fill in. The Yankees have lived on the “Next Man Up” mentality for many of the past few seasons, so let’s see now the next men up can contribute.


Enjoy the last day of no baseball before we have games every day for the next seven months.


9 Comments


jeff
Mar 27

Juan Soto will THRIVE in New York. In the interleague games he played at Yankee Stadium, he was devastating against the Yankees, destroyed Yankee pitching, hitting extremely well in that ballpark. Combine that with his love of baseball, and experiencing that love of the game in a baseball cathedral like Yankee Stadium, and the extreme support he is going to get from New York's vast Dominican community which he didn't receive in Washington or San Diego.


As far as all the injuries on the Yankees (Gerrit Cole and others), the thing to remember is that all 30 MLB teams will have injuries to KEY players on the team. They may not have as big a QUANTITY of injuries as th…


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jeff
Mar 28
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Whenever the Yankees either acquire a new player or are RUMORED to be acquiring a player (like Yamamoto who they did not actually get), I always go to YouTube, type in that player's name, and watch "highlight videos" of that player. In all the highlight videos I watched of Juan Soto, and I watched many, included were a lot of outstanding defensive plays he made in the field over the course of that season. So his defense is not nearly as bad as his "numbers" make it out to be. Soto is capable of making outstanding and eye-popping defensive plays from time to time, and then throwing to second and getting a runner out there, too!

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Alan B.
Alan B.
Mar 27

I don't understand why Clarke Schmidt gets disrespected. Clarke is the only one from the current Starting 5 who had over 30 GS in 2023. I still don't understand what Blake, Briend, Dreischel, & Co. were looking at when it came to his first 9 starts last year, and he, like Volpe, obviously ran out of gas the last 5 weeks or so, but he still made every one of his scheduled starts, and none of them had to be pushed back.


To me, it's pretty ironic that Oswaldo Cabrera is now a pretty important piece, as he's opening up the 2024 season as the Yankees starting 3B. Now, if last year was an aberration at the plate, the Yankee…


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jeff
Mar 28
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Clarke Schmidt is a great guy. His older brother, Clate Schmidt was also a major prospect, and played in the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds farm system. Clate Schmidt had previously been drafted by the Boston Red Sox, and was a big star when he pitched for Clemson. He was baseball's top pitching prospect and was actually more of a prospect than his brother Clarke was. However, when Clate was pitching for Clemson, he was diagnosed with cancer. Clarke, instead of playing in the summer league, as he was supposed to, stayed home to be by his brother Clate's bedside and held his brother's hand as he went through all of Clate's chemotherapy treatments. Clate's cancer is…

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Mar 27

I think Soto will have a monster season, and he and Judge will have a 1961-esque Mantle-Maris year (though the fans will embrace both of them). They will be supported by offense from Torres, Rizzo, Wells, Verdugo and Volpe. The pitching will be good enough.


But. The reason for the apprehension is that the Next Man Up mentality ingrained in the psyches of the Yankees and their fans comes with the unspoken prerequisite of First Man Down. This season will rise or fall on the population of the IL, and I don't mean Illinois. Healthy, the Yankees could beat the Orioles even with Burnes and take the Division. But if the shoes start dropping again, dropping players like flies, …

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jeff
Mar 28
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The thing to remember is that the Orioles, and every team the Yankees will be battling for First Place or playoff berths, will also experience injuries to many of their key players over the course of the 162 game season, so while the Yankees are weakened by injuries to key players, so will all the other 29 teams, also will be weakened by injuries to key players.

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fuster
Mar 27

one of the game's best hitters added

to one of the game's best players

along with one of the game's best pitchers (upon whom the team can not count this season)


and several formerly excellent players


as well as a formerly excellent hitter named Stanton ------a guy who may well be at the taut end of his tether.


Derek McAdam well understands the fans' anxiety. this is an uneven collection of players, some stars some others dimming and wobbling, pulsing uneven.


some holes still needing to be filled with new light

and some and hope-inducing bit of brightness striving to come round to the Bronx at last


this team goes Furthur than the last only if the young horses Volpe,…


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