Ken Davidoff lists his five most vulnerable Yankees teams (in spring training) from 1996 through 2012. Here they are:
And, I think the point here, that he’s trying to make, is that these teams, for the most part, all won a lot of games.
But, what I think is different now, compared to then, is the A.L. East.
In 2011, the Orioles were terrible and the Blue Jays were just so-so. In 2005, both the Orioles and the Rays sucked. And, the Blue Jays were under .500 that year. Ditto in 2000. So, the Yankees were able to take advantage of that – playing those teams so often. That won’t be the case in 2013. (For what it’s worth, in 1996, what saved the Yankees bacon was their HTH record against the Orioles.)
Lastly, in 2008, well, the Yankees finished 3rd, eight games out. Nuff said. I suspect that 2013 may be just like 2008.