A bevy of injuries to some of their best players isn’t stopping the Yankees from expecting to erase the sour taste of losing to the hated Red Sox in the American League Division Series a year ago.
“We won 100 games last year and we’re even better than we were last year,’’ Giancarlo Stanton said Wednesday before a Yankee Stadium workout in front of Thursday’s Opening Day assignment against the Orioles. “So, that’s a great thing to come into a season. We’ve got to feed off it. We have to put it together.’’
At the start there are key players missing who must not only return from the injured list, but be productive when they do.Staff ace Luis Severino is joined on the IL by center fielder/leadoff hitter Aaron Hicks, stud setup reliever Dellin Betances, veteran lefty CC Sabathia and shortstop Didi Gregorius, the Yankees’ best overall player last year.