Opening Day is a time for celebration, a time for joy and good feelings. It is also a time to evaluate the state of your team (and possibly overreact to an Opening Day loss). But hey, that’s the fun of it. Let’s take a look at the entire 2012 Yankees roster and answer the hard-hitting questions everyone wants to know:
1: Will Teixeira hit .281 this season?
.281 is Teixeira’s career batting average. Don’t get me wrong, batting average is one of the most overrated statistics for a hitter (right behind “average with one out, a guy on first, a 2-2 count with a full moon and a 20% chance of rain in the forecast”—got to love those ridiculously specific stats ESPN likes to run during their broadcasts). Mark is a power hitter, paid to produce runs. While his run and power production was near his career levels, there is no question his batting average hurt the Yankees last season. His average was 33 points below his career mark, and consequently his on-base-percentage ...