New York Yankees
2016 O/U Wins (Westgate):
2016 AL East Odds (Westgate):
Projected Starting Rotation:
Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Luis Severino
Chris Young, Adam Warren
Aroldis Chapman, Starlin Castro
Handicapper's Take: "On the surface, the Yankees look like an aging team that is a few injuries away from finishing .500. But if you look beyond the elder statesmen trio of Rodriguez, Beltran, and Teixeira there's a lot of young talent. Didi Gregorius eventually became a big upgrade over Derek Jeter. I also like the upside of 22-year-old Luis Severino who has the potential to be the best starting pitcher on the staff though his workload will likely be capped at around 150 innings. And unlike past seasons, there's talent waiting in the wings with a handful of players in the farm system ready to contribute if needed. Defensively, it's a solid group with plus fielders in both the infield and outfield. Obviously the bullpen has the potential to be historical with Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman. Bettors will need to think twice about playing full games over the total as there will be a lot of scoreless late frames from the opposition. The biggest question remains the bulk of the starting staff. Masahiro Tanaka is already showing signs of being injury-prone. There were times last season where he really had to "junk it up" in order to get batters out. Michael Pineda managed to churn out 160 innings but wore down and also has a track record of injuries. Nathan Eovaldi remains a work in progress and a less than ideal fit for Yankee Stadium and the AL East. And who knows what we'll get out of CC Sabathia who declined significantly the last two seasons. It's not a death sentence considering the depth of the bullpen, but it's unlikely that the starting staff will produce two arms that toss 180+ IP. New York got to 87 wins last season despite a sub-par seasons by most of the starting staff. Age and thus injuries will no doubt be a factor but New York should be in the mix in the AL East."
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