I’m predicting about 30 home runs during the remainder of 2013 and 50 next year.
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The manufacturing of runs: As a team, the Yankees belted 245 home runs in 2012. At times the long ball was the only source of offense, which prompted complaints of “too many home runs” in Twitter land. A 2013 lineup without Swisher, Martin or Ibanez will now have to play more of a brand of small ball. Speedy, slap-hitters Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki will play every day, and a big factor will be whether the 39-year old Ichiro – locked up for the next two years – can come close to replicating his.322/.340/.454 line since his July trade to New York.
Jeter turns 39 in June and ample rest will be critical, which is why it’s crucial Eduardo Nunez figures out how to play the field at the big-league level.
Is there a good reason for the love affair with Nunez's bat?
Only in this sense: When he's in a hot streak, he looks a lot better at the plate than his overall averages would suggest.
At times the long ball was the only source of offense, which prompted complaints of “too many home runs” in Twitter land.
This is the most preposterous thing I have ever heard of.
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