It’s Wednesday, the night before the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays for the first game of the 2018 season. You can almost smell the freshly cut grass already, except that it’s artificial turf made of recycled tires and it smells like rubber.
Expectations are high for the Yankees this season, and the vibe all during Spring Training seemed to be that anything short of a World Series victory would be looked upon as a failure.
In addition to the record-breaking of their 28th World Series victory, the Yankees also have a good chance to break several long-standing offensive records.
Last season, Giancarlo Stanton (59), Aaron Judge (52), and Gary Sanchez (33) hit a combined 144 home runs. The current record of 143 is held by the 1961 Yankees’ Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, and Bill Skowron.
The 1997 Mariners currently hold the record for most home runs in a season with 264. That record could be seriously in jeopardy this season if the Yankees remain healthy.
Additionally, no major league team has ever had three hitters with 40 home runs during the same season. A healthy Stanton, Judge, and Sanchez could change that statistic.
This season the Yankees have a very balanced batting lineup, one that doesn’t leave opposing pitchers any room for error. According to FanGraphs’ Depth Charts, the Yankees have seven players who could hit 20 home runs or more.
Of course, anything can happen over the course of 162 games. Injuries and slumps have allowed many of these records to remain uncontested for decade. But it feels like if any team could break those records, it’ll be this team.
It feels the same as the night before Christmas. I don’t think I’m going to be getting much sleep tonight.