Terry Francona: Loaded Yankees lineup poised to ‘bludgeon’ teams
Terry Francona has watched the New York Yankees make the move of the offseason that made a dangerous lineup downright lethal: The acquisition of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. And the Cleveland Indians manager has a warning for every MLB team set to face a murderer’s row of sluggers that boasts Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, among others:
Prepare to be bludgeoned.
“They’re gonna have games where they bludgeon people,” Francona said recently of the Yankees’ power-packed lineup, via the New York Post. “But we have some right-handed power arms that I think will help against them, so they shouldn’t beat us up as much as some other teams that have those soft-tossing lefties.”
The Indians are coming off disappointing and heartbreaking ends to consecutive postseason runs, losing to the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series – blowing a 3-1 series lead — and losing to the same Yankees in the ALDS last fall.
Francona admits elimination after staking a 2-0 series lead to the Baby Bombers was especially devastating. Although the Indians skipper insists the organization will do its due diligence to shore up any perceived shortcomings on the roster during a Hot Stove season that has barely started to simmer.
“When we got beat by the Yankees, it kind of broke our heart,” Francona said. “But once you take the emotion out of it, you have to look at things rationally and make smart decisions. We know we’re a smaller market, and we don’t have forever to keep this thing going.”