• Why The Yankees Will Win The East In 2013

    Posted by on February 1st, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Via Richard Justice today –

    The Yankees can win again because:

    1. The starting rotation will be the best in the American League East, better than Toronto’s, better than Tampa Bay’s.
    2. Mark Teixeira will be healthy and productive, which means he’ll be a huge presence in the middle of the lineup.
    3. Kevin Youkilis will show that 2012 was a fluke and have a huge comeback season.
    4. Brett Gardner will stay on the field and match his .723 career on-base-plus-slugging.
    5. Bullpen depth.
    6. Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. Yes, the band is back together. And the band will again lead the way.
    7. Brian Cashman will watch some of his best kids have break out seasons at Double-A, and this will give him the flexibility to either make a deal or fill a hole in the second half.
    8. The Yankees go to the playoffs every year, and you can check my math. This core of players knows how to win.
    9. Addition by subtraction, and you know who I’m talking about.

    OMG. Can anyone actually believe any of these things are going to be true in 2013 sans #9?

    Comments on Why The Yankees Will Win The East In 2013

    1. Scout
      February 1st, 2013 | 11:17 am

      Most seem far-fetched; some are sports writer’s drivel. (“Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. Yes, the band is back together. And the band will again lead the way”). But I think Brett Gardner’s return to his normal level of production is a pretty good bet.

    2. G.I. Joey
      February 1st, 2013 | 11:23 am

      I can see #4 coming to fruition.

    3. Garcia
      February 1st, 2013 | 11:23 am

      Dick Justice! I wonder what else he’s in the clouds about, “Honey, it’s a lot bigger than you’re giving it credit for.”

    4. MJ Recanati
      February 1st, 2013 | 12:02 pm

      #1, #4 and #5 seem likely to be true.

      The fact is, the Yankees have absolutely every reason to think of themselves and to be viewed as strong playoff contenders and AL East champs. There isn’t a team in the AL that you can’t poke holes at; the Yankees are no exception but also not worse off than anyone else.

    5. Evan3457
      February 1st, 2013 | 12:11 pm

      A-Rod, if he heals on schedule, will play for the Yankees in 2013.

      Yanks don’t seem to me to be as sound as the Jays, but we’ll have to see how the Jays rotation plays out in the AL East. Other than the Jays, the Yanks are about as good as any other team in the division.

      But if the Rays’ young hitting ever comes together in the same season, all bets are off.

    6. Raf
      February 2nd, 2013 | 10:58 am

      Agreed on sportswriter drivel. That said, I believe the Yanks have just a good a shot at the East as anyone else in the division.

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