Are Yankees Doomed? #2
This is the second of a possible series of writing that is about the possibility of the New York Yankees not having a good season. I consider a great season for the Yankees winning the World Series. I consider a good season making the playoffs.
In the first post in this series I discussed if the Yankees were doomed in last year’s playoffs. Here in the continuation, I will write briefly about whether or not I think the Yanks will have a successful season, and if they do, which place will they get into, etc.
It is completely and totally correct to blame the Yankees for their quiet and seemingly unhelpful off-season, especially compared to the big changes the other teams in the AL East made, it may look so, but it is not enough to finally say that the Bombers do not have a chance to make the playoffs, and certainly not enough to say they might be in the bottom of the division. For starters, the Yankees are still a much better team than The Boston Red Sox without doubt. Secondly, the Yanks can be said, arguably, better than any other team in the East in a least one big topic.
The Yankees are better than:
Boston Red Sox: The Bombers biggest lead over the Red Sox has to be pitching. The Yankees have a medium edge in Starting Pitching, but a big edge in Relief.
Baltimore Orioles: The Yankees have a few medium leads over the Orioles in stats, but the biggest is the difference in the right side of the infield. Robinson Cano is so much better than Ryan Flaherty, and Mark Teixeira creams Chris Davis in defense and power.
Tampa Bay Rays: Power is considered one of the most important factors in baseball. This is what Tampa flaws the most at. The Yankees have one of the best offenses in the game that this is easily the biggest edge over the Rays easily.
Toronto Blue Jays: The Jays are one of the best teams in baseball, seeing as the huge off-season moves they made, getting big players like: R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle. New York edges Toronto by a lot in the category of Relief pitching. Relief is one of the only flaws of Toronto.
I am guessing that the AL East will end up in the order:
1: Toronto Blue Jays
2: New York Yankees
3: Baltimore Orioles
4: Tampa Bay Rays
5: Boston Red Sox
It is important to understand that it was tough to make these choices, and that there is a very big chance that my predictions will be wrong.
Stay tuned Yankees Universe.