Today’s wild thought is a dark one.
Many projections have the Yankees winning between 95 and 100 games this season. And, personally, if everything – and I mean everything – goes right for the Yankees this season, I would agree that they should win around that many games.
But, what if the perfect storm hits this year? Suppose that CC Sabathia experiences issues dealing with his first season under the New York microscope and the expectations that come with a mega-contract, A.J. Burnett becomes a Pavano case, Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain have a recurrence of last year’s injuries, and Worm Killer Wang’s shoulder blows out. What would happen then?
This might be crazy, but, if the Yankees entire starting rotation had issues this season, I believe that the Yankees could still be a .500 team, thereabouts, winning around 81 games – given the rest of the talent on their team. However, what if the storm went beyond the starting rotation?
What if Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui are not able to rebound from their injuries of last season? What if Robinson Cano has another year this season like he did last year? What if the Selena Roberts book has something in it that will impact Alex Rodriguez’ performance?
How many games will the Yankees win then? Seventy? Less?
Granted, it would truly take the perfect storm for all this to happen – but, what if it did? Given their payroll, the fact that it’s the first year in the new ballpark, and all the expectations around those things, would the 2009 Yankees then be considered as the biggest bust in baseball history (if they only won around 70 games this season)? Or, would they just be considered unlucky?