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Yankees 2010 Season Preview

By: Chris Gargiulo

Coming off their World Series win in 2009, the expectations of the Yankees are going to be enormous. As we all know if the Yankees don't win its considered a failure, especially after they have won the Series and feel they have improved their team. So with that in mind, what can we expect this year from the Yankees?

Well before we even try to figure out what to expect from the Yankees we need to first look at the AL East. Without sounding like a hater, theres really only one team in the East that can put on a threat, and that is none other then the Red Sox. I mean no disrespect to the Rays, but I think we can all agree that 2008 was a fluke, and given they really didn't make any big moves in the off season this year, expect to see another 3rd place finish this year. The Blue Jays basically gave up the best pitcher in baseball, and 2010 promises to be a rebuilding year, as well as the Orioles, both teams can promise to compete for 4th and 5th place this year.

With that being said, we can now analyze the Yankees given their new moves. People have made a lot out of the departure of Damon, and yes he had a huge clubhouse, a great baseball IQ and was a great leader, but the departure of Damon will not cripple the team by any means. The pick up of Granderson easily replaces his speed, in fact is an improved speed from Damon. And yes Melky is also gone, and he was a great fielder, but very inconsistent at the plate, and Gardner knowing he will be the starter, and facing less pressure should easily slip right into Melky's place.

The Yankees also picked up Vazquez for their 4th starter, and he should become an invaluable pick up in the pitching staff. A good way to look at that pick up is this: last year the Yankees had only 3 consistent starters, Joba was inconsistent at best, and the 5th starter for a while was a revolving door. Now with at least 4 solid starters, the Yankees look to be even better then they were last year.

Arod is now fully healthy and coming off his post season performance of last year, and his admission that he now understands team baseball, and that it was the most fun he has ever had in his career, expect him to have a career year. Tex will again have an MVP type season, with Jeter and Cano being solid up the middle. All 4 have gold glove material and create one of the best infields in all of baseball.

The outfield is still a bit unsure, we know Swisher will be in right as he was last year, the only question is who is center or left. Rumors have stated Granderson will move to left and Gardner in center, but its still to early in Spring Training to see if that is exactly what will happen. Regardless of where they play, the outfield looks to be shaping up to be extremely fast, and slightly improved from last year.

With all the changes that have been made, we should expect to see at least 5 more wins this year then last year. Don't be surprised if you see the Yankees come close to their record season of 1998. This is looking to be a great season, and the Yankees are without a doubt World Series Favorites.

1 comment:

  1. Without any injuries that lineup plus CC Sabathia equals yet another championship. The biggest thing is I think we even have a little depth to get by some injuries all right. I do sort of worry about not taking the Orioles seriously enough, they could steal a few crucial wins.

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