With Jays making much improvements, they will win more games in the coming season. I don't see how Boston can be as bad as last season...I also see them winning more games. I see Orioles will take a slide as Rays maintain their competitiveness.. All things being equal it will be a tough season for our Yankees as they battle for a seat in post season baseball. Barring injuries, they will have a competitive season....a dog fight to the end with Boston dwelling toward the basement.
I was thinking 2005. Coming out of spring training the lineup was old, slow, station to station, the bench stunk, team defense was hot garbage, everyone in the pen not named Mo or Gordon was awful and the rotation wasn't very good either. Just not a likeable ballclub. Not the kind of team that would help get over the choke in the 2004 ALCS.
This team as constructed is light years better than that one.
It's been a wild off season in baseball, maybe not for us Yankee fans, but for baseball fans it's been pretty crazy. Everyday seems to bring another surprise trade or signing. Once again, too bad it has not been the Yankees. Now we are about 50 days from Pitchers and Catchers and it is not a rosy picture you see of our favorite baseball team. Let's take a look at what we have lost. Gone is our catcher to the Pirates along with his 20 homers and clutch hits in September and his handling of the staff, all for 8.5 mill a year. No replacement yet. Then in the OF Nick Swisher has flown to Cleveland with 25 and 80. Today we see our MVP of the playoffs, Raoul Ibanez, is off to the Mariners and we hear the Yanks never offered him. Also gone is the rest of the bench in A. Jones and Eric Chavez. We have no ARod the first 3 months either. To fill these spots we have re-signed Ichiro who will, in my opinion, do a fine job for Swisher but not the power numbers. Gardner is back but has been injury prone and does not have power. Kevin Youkalis takes over third but at an old 34 is definitely on the downside of his career. And he is injury prone, too. The starting pitching is the same, I think it's good but I am holding my breath oboe cause of age. The bullpen will be excellent except for the end. Will Mo be Mo or will he begin to show his 43 years. It is almost funny when you say 43. The Yanks have declined to get involved with Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourne, Upton and Perzynski. Hey but we did sign Matt Diaz, when was the last time signing Matt Diaz was a big deal to the Yankees. And we also signed about a thousand AAA players. So there you have it, unless Cashman has another trick or two don't expect the Yankees to look much different on opening day. What do you all think?