Yankees: 4 Bold Predictions for the 2020 Season

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The New York Yankees will be World Series favorites in 2020, but they could produce a few surprise storylines in the upcoming 60-game season.

The New York Yankees will enter the 2020 regular season among the heavy World Series favorites as they, for the first time with this current installment of young core, have all the pieces in place to capture a championship that’s eluded them for over a decade.

Like the last few years, the offense and bullpen figure to lead manager Aaron Boone’s squad. However, the club made the transaction of the offseason by inking free agent Gerrit Cole to a monster contract. Despite the loss of Luis Severino, who underwent Tommy John surgery in February, the signing should be what New York needs to get them over the top in the playoffs.

With all of this in mind, it would be flavorless to predict the Yankees as AL East or even World Series champions when all is said and done. We all know that baseball’s elegance comes from its unpredictability, so let’s step outside the proverbial comfort zone and tackle some bold predictions for the Pinstripes in the upcoming 60-game season.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looking on during Spring Training. /

4. They Win 50 Games

The Yankees broke all sorts of records last season in terms of how many players they sent to the injured list. Regular starters like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez, to name a few, all missed significant time with their respective injuries.

In truly amazing fashion, however, New York was able to overcome that adversity and finish the year atop the AL East with a 103-59 record, a whopping seven games better than the second-place Tampa Bay Rays.

Assuming that the injury bug doesn’t bite them nearly as sternly this time around, the Yanks shouldn’t lose more than 10 games. Going on a 50-10 stretch during these unprecedented times thanks to the coronavirus pandemic won’t be easy, but the Bronx Bombers have the talent and depth to make it happen. If it does, that record should see them clinch another division crown and maybe the best record in all of baseball.