In my 27 years of life I have seen some pretty scary lineups, but I do not believe I have ever seen a line-up that is as scary as this New York Yankees lineup at full health.
Before the season even started they had two of the game’s most prolific power hitters in Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. When you add guys like Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, and Gleyber Torres to the mix their line-up gets even scarier. Combined, the trio has hit 52 home runs and driven in 127 RBI’s.
Also, if you haven’t noticed, they have been playing a majority of their season without Stanton and Judge, who have been on the injured list since the early stages of the season and have combined for 169 RBI’s and 413 RBI’s over the past two season.
Stanton returned to the lineup on Tuesday and Judge is set to make his return in the next week or two. Even without them, they still hold the top spot in the AL East and are ranked in the top 10 of SLG, OPS, RBI, and HR’.
To add fuel to their fire, the Yankees decided to embrace their Bronx Bombers persona even further and go out and acquire the American League’s home run leader. Edwin Encarnacion (the fuel) was added to the Yankees starting line-up (the fire) on Saturday night for cash considerations and minor league pitcher Juan Then. In his first game, he went 0-for-4 at the plate but proceeded to hit his first home run in pinstripes as the Yankees beat the Rays 6-3.
It’s still early and the Yankees aren’t at full strength yet, but when it comes down to the games that matter late in the season imagine being a starting pitcher and facing a lineup that starts with D.J. LeMahieu (.313 batting average), Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Edwin Encarnacion, and then Gleyber Torres.
Yea it’s a scary thought isn’t it?