Monday, March 12, 2018

If Empire Is So Great, Why Is Their Infield So Crappy?

Everyone and his brother (and sister) seem to be handing the 2018 American League East crown to The Evil Ones. And, it's understandable, given the 1-2-3 punch of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez in their lineup. But, today, The Pinstriped Posers signed 32-year-old Neil Walker to start the season for them at 2B. Walker hit .265 with The Metropolitans and Brewers last season. And, earlier this off-season, they signed Brandon Drury (a serviceable player, but no great shakes) to start the season for them at 3B. Really? These are The Bronx Bombers? Clearly, they don't trust their typically overly-hyped prospects (Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar) to be big-league-ready in their infield quite yet. And this infield weakness—added to their sub-par starting rotation—results in a team that will certainly score a ton of runs, but not necessarily win a ton of games. They'll be good, but probably not great.