New York Yankees: The Chase for 28

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By: Joe Santangelo

The New York Yankees are looking to win their league leading 28th World Series title this season after getting knocked out by the Houston Astros in the Wild Card game last year.

The New York Yankees are looking to win their league leading 28th World Series title this season after getting knocked out by the Houston Astros in the Wild Card game last year.

The Yankees finished last year’s season with an overall record of 87-75, which is good for second place in the American League East.

The Bombers finished six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays, who had a record of 93-69.

This year, the Yankees will look to improve upon last year’s disappointing Wild Card loss. The team has improved a good deal from last year and could be a huge contender in the East, according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

“I believe as we enter 2016 we have a stronger roster than we finished 2015, but that’s on paper,” said Cashman in a NY Times article. “You’ve got to play it out. It’s going to be a very competitive A.L. East.”

The Yankees will come into this season ranked outside the top 15 teams according to ESPN’s power rankings.

The Yankees significantly upgraded at second base by letting Stephan Drew go and acquiring star second baseman Starlin Castro from the cubs. Drew only hit a sub-par .201 average last year for the club.

The Yankees did not stop there, they acquired a flame throwing closer from the Cincinnati reds, Aroldis Chapman, who is better known as the Cuban Missile for his 100+ mph fastball.

The Yankees general manager stated in an interview with the NY times, that he believes the Yankees success will depend on its pitching staff.

“Our starting rotation’s health is really the keys to the kingdom for us,” Cashman said. “It normally is for anybody, but I believe when we’re able to run out our healthy starting rotation that we have on paper, we can match up with anybody.”

Although the Yankees have questions on offense, if they stay healthy, they have some of the game’s best hitters.

Names like Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira combined with the young talent of Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro can help propel this year’s team into the playoffs.

The Yankees open up the season against the Houston Astros, the team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs. The game is scheduled for April 4 at 1:05pm.