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Reynolds has good numbers at the new Yankee Stadium.

Knowing the competition – Cleveland Indians

Reynolds has good numbers at the new Yankee Stadium.

Threat Level: 6

The Indians were mediocre in 2012, but made some noise this offseason. They traded Shin-Shoo Choo away and got Drew Stubbs in return in a 3-team trade and acquired former first round pick Trevor Bauer from the D-Backs. Free agents Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and Mark Reynolds were later signed. This team has a nice blend of hitters on offense, but is lacking the pitching that is needed to win. They are going to need Ubaldo Jimenez to pitch like he did in Colorado, as he has had his struggles in the American League and their bottom-end of the rotation leaves a lot to be desired. Kazmir has been impressive this spring, but his major league career has been inconsistent to say the least. I do not think this team can beat out the Tigers in the division, but a Wild Card birth does not seem out of the equation.


Projected Lineup

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS

3. Jason Kipnis 2B

4. Nick Swisher 1B

5. Carlos Santana C

6. Mark Reynolds DH

7. Michael Brantley LF

8. Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

9. Drew Stubbs RF


Projected Starting Rotation

1. Justin Masterson RHP

2. Ubaldo Jimenez

3. Brett Myers RHP

4. Zach McAllister RHP

5. Scott Kazmir RHP



Chris Perez RHP *Questionable for the start of the season (strained shoulder).


Yankee Killer: Mark Reynolds

Though he only bats .275 against the Yankees (which is considerably higher than his career average of .235), he does have 14 home runs against the Bombers in 39 games. In 17 games at the new Yankee Stadium, Reynolds has 7 home runs and 16 RBI’s and a .306 batting average. In 2012, he batted .321 at the ballpark in the Bronx. He seems to enjoy hitting in New York in general, as he also hits well in Citi Field.


Indian Killer: Robinson Cano

Cano has appeared often in this category, but for good reason. He is a superb hitter and his numbers against the Tribe are fantastic. With a .350 batting average, 9 home runs, and 33 RBI’s, Cano feels just at home while playing the Indians.


When They Play The Yankees:

IN NY: 7/3-7/5.

IN CLE: 4/8-4/11.