The quest for #28 came up short last year
when Yankees’ fans were sure it was time. Nevertheless, they are positioned to
make a damn good run at it this year.
Early in MLB The Show 19 they were an
incredible team, but by the end they were even better. Many players improved as
the season went on and their starting lineup was stacked by the end of the
Going into MLB The Show 20, then, it is fair to ask just how good can this team be. They still have many of the same players but have added arguably the biggest name in free agency – Gerrit Cole.
So, let’s take a look at the Yankees and
predict just how good they’re going to be come March 17th and the
release of MLB The Show 20.
Aaron Judge, RF
MVP: Judge will have his sights set on the highest player award in 2020
launch rating: 93
We all know about Judge’s prowess with the bat, having tormented pitchers since he made the big leagues. In a season where he missed time, he may have had his lowest batting average since his rookie season, but he still hit 27 home runs and drove in 55 runs.
What was more impressive was his ability in
the field. He can feel rightfully hard done by in not getting the Gold Glove
with his zero errors. He is a total player and should be considered one of the
best players in MLB The Show 20.
Gerrit Cole, SP
ACE: There's a new ace in the Big Apple
launch rating: 90
Cole was immense last year. His MLB-leading 326 strikeouts, along with a 2.5 ERA and 0.89 WHIP, made him a finalist for the CY Young and earned him his record breaking nine-year/$324 million deal from the Yankees.
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His performance last year added to the contract he drew from the Yankees, which will be enough to make him one of the best SP in the entire game.
D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
STAR: LeMahieu was the Yankees' surprise star of 2019
launch rating: 83
LeMahieu’s performance last year was one of the biggest contributors to the Yankees success all year. His .327 average and 197 hits were among the best in the Majors and kept the Yankees moving players around the bases when they were without some of their power hitters. He also batted in 102 runs and hit 26 homers of his own.
He earned his third All-Star appearance,
his first Silver Slugger and came fourth in AL MVP voting. He finished MLB The
Show 19 rated 93, so he can’t slip down much further than that, even accounting
for being ‘in-form’.
Aroldis Chapman, CP
CLOSER: Chapman was once again a beast out of the bullpen
launch rating: 91
Chapman’s season may have ended incredibly bitterly, with Jose Altuve hitting a walk off homer in Game 7 of the ALCS, but that shouldn’t leave anyone doubting his ability and the season he had.
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He may have logged two losses, but he
finished 53 of the 60 games he played, had 37 saves and a 2.21 ERA – his best
in a full year with the Yanks. He should stay right where he is.
Giancarlo Stanton, LF
I'M BACK: Stanton should be fully healthy going into 2020
launch rating: 93
Stanton will have wanted to move on from
2019 as quickly as possible. The Yankees may have had success, but much of it
was without his help. He could only appear in 18 games, and though he had 17
hits, three homers and 13 RBI in that time, he just wasn’t available.
What’s more, he doesn’t seem to be much of
a difference maker on the roster – the Yankees can get it done without him with
power or in different ways. As a result I expect his rating to drop a little as
his impact on games seems a little diminished.
Here are the rest of our New York Yankees MLB The Show 20 ratings predictions:
|Player||Position||2019 launch rating||2020 prediction|
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