Friday, August 1, 2014
The “New” Yankees vs. the “Old” Yankees
With the recent acquisitions of Chase Headley, Stephen Drew and Martin Prado, it’s fair to say the Yankees should have a better lineup going forward than they’ve had for most of the season. The question is, how much better?
Here are the rest of the season Steamer projections for the Yankees’ most frequently used lineup to this point of the season.
Here’s what the lineup could look like now with the new additions.
Standard caveats about projections apply. They are imprecise attempts to estimate a player’s true talent and could be inaccurate in either direction for a myriad number of reasons.
The Yankees added about one-tenth of a run per game. Over a full season that might be worth a win or two. We can also probably assume that the defense will be better with Headley at 3B and Drew at 2B, although he’s never played the position before.
The Yankees still face long odds to qualify for the postseason given where they are in the standings and the fact that they still aren’t a particularly good team. But they are better today than they were on Wednesday, and they did it without harming themselves in the long-term.
It’s hard to complain about that.