April 8, 2022

Debunking the DJ LeMahieu "problem"

I've heard many pundits sound baffled by Brian Cashman's decision to go into the season with no set spot for DJ LeMahieu. I'm here to shed some light into what I think Cash is thinking.

1. Injuries: To state the obvious, it was a miracle the Yankees actually left spring training with all 10 key lineup cogs intact, especially oft-injured Aaron Hicks and Josh Donaldson. The reality is, there's little to no chance the Yankees will make it through all season without a position player injury. As you'll see below, as soon as any starter goes down, DJ will have a secure everyday spot in the lineup.

2022 MLB Predictions: Judge, Donaldson, Gallo & Volpe

I'm just glad for the opportunity to make predictions on a full 162-game season this year.

AL East
1. Blue Jays
2. Yankees
3. Rays

4. Red Sox
5. Orioles

Results from my 2021 predictions

Outside of the NL Central standings, it was yet another rough go for my predictions. While my statistical predictions almost always exceed the players' performances, Gerrit Cole managed to surpass my expectations for his strikeout total, falling just five K's short of Ron Guidry's now 43-year-old record.

AL East
1. Yankees INCORRECT (Rays)
2. Blue Jays* INCORRECT (Red Sox)
3. Rays 
4. Red Sox INCORRECT (Blue Jays)
5. Orioles CORRECT

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