Do the Yankees have the best lineup in baseball?

With Opening day on behind us, the 2021 baseball season has begun. The Yankees had a very impressive team in the shortened 2020 season. They were one of the best teams at home in the American league with a record of 22-9 at home. New York finished in 2nd place in the American League East, only behind the Tampa Bay Rays who beat the Yankees in the ALCS last season.

One of the reasons why the Yankees were able to get to the ALCS was their lineup that was and still is stacked from top to bottom. The New York Yankees are nicknamed the Bronx Bombers because they have always been known for having those lineups that can go yard.

Over the offseason the Yankees put more effort into acquiring pitching, as they acquired former CY Young Award winner Corey Kluber, and well as Jameson Taillon. The Yankees tend to out swing the teams they beat and with the acquisition of these pitchers that will put some ease on their lineup.

The Yankees lineup just like last year is stacked. Their 2021 lineup is very similar to how the lineup looked last year. The Yankees are projected to win the AL East despite finishing 2nd in 2020. Here is one example of what their healthy lineup could look like.

Yankees lineup

  1. DJ LeMahieu 2B
  2. Aaron Judge RF
  3. Aaron Hicks CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton DH
  5. Gleyber Torres SS
  6. Gio Urshela 3B
  7. Gary Sanchez C
  8. Jay Bruce 1B
  9. Clint Frazier LF

This lineup is very impressive and includes bench options such as Brett Gardner and Kyle Higashioka. This lineup does not even include the home run champion from last year Luke Voit who is rehabbing after knee surgery or Miguel Andujar who hit 27 home runs in his 2018 rookie campaign. The Yankees starting lineup contains 9 hitters who can hit 30+ home runs in a season. The Yankees are no doubt, stacked. However, is it even the best lineup in the MLB? What other teams stack up?

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There are 10 teams that appear to have the most stacked lineups. These teams include:
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros
Los Angeles Angels
Atlanta Braves
New York Mets
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
 
Let’s take a look at which lineups are better than the rest. Out of this list, I narrowed it down to the three lineups that are the best. The top three lineups are the Yankees, Dodgers, and Twins. We’ve already looked at the Yankees lineup so now let’s look at the Dodgers and Twins lineups.

Dodgers lineup

  1. Mookie Betts RF
  2. Corey Seager SS
  3. Justin Turner 3B
  4. Corey Bellinger CF
  5. Max Muncy 1B
  6. Will Smith C
  7. AJ Pollock LF
  8. Chris Taylor 2B
  9. Pitcher

Twins lineup

  1. Luis Arraez LF
  2. Josh Donaldson 3B
  3. Jorge Polanco 2B
  4. Nelson Cruz DH
  5. Miguel Sano 1B
  6. Max Kepler RF
  7. Byron Buxton CF
  8. Mitch Garver C
  9. Andrelton Simmons SS

Out of these three lineups the Yankees are the best, followed by the Dodgers, and then the Twins. The Twins lineup although stacked, have a lot of players that are streaky and not as consistent as the lineups of the Yankees or the Dodgers.

The Yankees and Dodgers have the best two lineups in the MLB. This of course is barring injury. If both teams hypothetically stayed completely healthy, who has the better lineup? Let’s go position by position to find out.

Catcher

At the catcher position the Yankees have Gary Sanchez and the Dodgers have Will Smith. In 91 career games Smith has a batting average of .268 and an on base percentage of .363. Smith has 23 home runs and 67 RBIs in that time. Sanchez has more experience. Since being called up in 2015, Sanchez has a .236 batting average and an on base percentage of .320. In his 421 career games he has 115 home runs and 286 RBIs. Although Sanchez has more experience, he has been on the decline the past two years. The edge at the catcher position goes to the Dodgers.

Infield

Next, let’s look at the infield. The Yankees infield includes Jay Bruce, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, and Gio Urshela. The Dodgers infield consists of Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner. Both these infields are very impressive. However, without Luke Voit in the lineup, this is a very close race. Torres and Seager have both shown they are MVP caliber players, as well as Bellinger and LeMahieu. With Bruce in the lineup, they are even as Bruce is a huge question mark. However, if Voit returns to his 2020 form when he returns, the Yankees would then have the edge, but for now it’s even.

Outfield

Finally, let’s look at the outfield. The Yankees outfield consists of Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, and Giancarlo Stanton (one in the DH spot). The Dodgers outfield consists of Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, and AJ Pollock. Judge, Stanton, Bellinger, and Betts are all MVP caliber bats and have all either won or been the runner up to the MVP. This leaves Hicks and Frazier for the Yankees, and Pollock for the Dodgers. I would rather take Hicks or Frazier over Pollock because although Pollock is a solid bat, his presence in the box does not match Hicks or Frazier. The edge in the outfield goes to the Yankees.

The Deciding Factor

Both of these lineups are stacked and there is a good chance that these lineups will meet head-to-head in the World Series. The thing that decides who has the best lineup is who has more weaknesses in their lineup? They both have stars that will carry the team, but which role players are more likely to step up. The Yankees role players carry more of a presence than the Dodgers do. Pollock and Taylor are not scaring the pitcher standing 60ft 6in away. Anyone in the Yankees lineup can take any pitcher deep at any time, which is why their lineup is the best in the MLB. 

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