The New York Yankees Will Only Win 85? Why Las Vegas Has Gone Looney

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Feb 20, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees warm up during morning practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

With Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira coming back, and the addition of Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, what are they thinking? How could the Yankees not shatter their 2013 win total with everything that happened to the club last year?

Sure, Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera are gone. But Cano´s lack of hustle will not be missed. And David Robertson is ready to step up. Maybe he won´t match Rivera´s production in the first half of last season, but he should close out games at the same rate that Rivera did in the second half, when Mo started to battle fatigue.

And not to pick on Phil Hughes, but if you take  his record off of last year´s team, the Yankees would have been in it right down to the wire. Sometimes addition comes from subtraction.

With Michael Pineda and Vidal Nuno, who showed great promise before going down, the pitching will surprise many. Let me ask you this, don´t you believe in your heart that CC Sabathia will find a way to turn it around? With Tanaka, Hiroki Kuroda, Sabathia and either Ivan Nova or Pineda, the Yankees finally have the four starters that are necessary to battle top flight pitchers in the post-season.

And if David Phelps stays healthy and settles in as a starter, instead of bouncing back and forth to the bullpen, the Yankees also have depth in the rotation. Enough to carry them through the regular season.

All of this and the Yankees still won´t surpass last year´s record? This isn´t the first time Las Vegas has underestimated New York teams, either. It started with  the Amazin´ Mets and Joe Willie Namath. When Willis Reed came hobbling out of the dressing room against the Lakers, the Knicks didn´t get any respect from the odds-makers.

So call the men in the white coats. Load those gurus in the wagon and haul them away. Because this year the Yankees are going all the way.

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  • John Sepik

    Is there somewhere I can bet on this, easy money they win more than 85

  • William

    Dan, I commented to one of the Fansided writers who asserted the same nonsense. Am I missing something? This is a no brainer. I am thinking 93 wins plus.

    • Dan Dechenaux

      Thanks for reading everyone!

    • artie999

      Not to put too fine a point on it, William, but right now the Yanks lack a starting 3rd baseman and quite possibly/probably a starting 1st baseman who is healthy. They have no proven elite closer, no elite 8th inning guy, no healthy starting 2nd baseman,2/3 of their OF can’t hit 10 HRs each, their ace had an ERA over 6.00 after the ALLSTAR break having lost his fastball, they replaced their lefty specialist with a significant downgrade, theydidn’t replace all the bullpen, and the rest of the divisuon got stronger. Now, look, I’m as much of a Yankee fan as you are, maybe more, but facts are facts. I hope our team wins it all. Take care William.