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2015 MLB Team Season Previews – Yankees

Spring Training is underway and nowhere is the spotlight bigger than in the home of the New York Yankees who will have their share of intriguing storylines as we head into the season. A-Rod, CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran are all examples of aging veterans that could be a huge difference maker for this team – good or bad!

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2015 MLB Team Previews – New York Yankees

AL East: +400
American League: 14/1
World Series: 33/1

The New York Yankees had a lot of holes to fill – Derek Jeter retired, Hiroki Kuroda stayed in Japan, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka are coming off injuries and a good chunk of their bull-pen studs left via free agency – namely David Robertson. The Yankees have a whole lot of question marks heading into the season – not exactly what they have become accustomed to.

On paper the batting order look OK. Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew look formidable. Add in Alex Rodriguez and the Yanks could score some runs this year. But this is a team that has been outscored the last two seasons and did little to rectify that problem this offseason.

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Another big question is whether or not the position players can stay healthy, can defy Father Time and bounce back to keep up with the other solid lineups that the AL East in particular possess. There are a lot of skeptics out there, me included, that thinks that until the Yanks can bring in some young talent, their aging veterans will fade down the stretch and have a difficult time with the intense grind of a 162 game season. Thoughts?

An even bigger question for the Yanks will be pitching! The team lost Hiroki Kuroda, Brandon McCarthy, David Phelps, and Shane Greene in the offseason – a quartet of pitchers that combined to make 77 starts for New York last year while posting a 3.68 ERA. Can Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda who combined for just 41 starts last year stay healthy to give the Yankees enough innings this year?

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Are Chris Capuano and Nathan Eovaldi good enough to anchor the back end of what looks like a shaky rotation?

The common answer is a resounding – NO on all fronts. Tanaka was sensational before his injury – if he can return to anywhere close to his 2014 form he is an automatic ace. But Sabathia and Pineda just haven’t shown all that much the last couple of years to sell me on the notion that they will be effective #2 and #3 starters.

New York is thin in starting pitching – everything has to go just perfectly this year for this team to be competitive.

2015 New York Yankees Season Predictions:

The Yankees really didn’t do anything in the offseason to improve themselves – that’s a problem. Although the AL East looks up for grabs once again, expect the Yanks to finish about where they did last year.

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A look at their rivals shows that they made strides to better themselves in the offseason – the Yanks fell behind in that regard. The Yankees won 84 games last season – I see similar numbers this year.

Tanaka, Sabathia and Pineda should be worth a few wins – IF THEY STAY HEALTHY but the fact that the Yanks have been outscored the last two seasons and did nothing to rectify that issue is a huge red flag.

New York is a third place team in the AL East with an 84-78 record.

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