As a Boston Red Sox fan, it pains me to say, but the Yankees will likely win the AL East. If nothing else, at least I won’t jinx the Red Sox by saying they’ll win the division.
The Yankees won the AL East last season by six games over the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that was basically gift-wrapped a trip to the postseason by the Red Sox during their historic September collapse.
Despite winning the division, the Yankees starting pitching struggled last season. They really helped themselves by trading for 23-year-old pitcher Michael Pineda.
With a reliable pitching core of CC Sabathia, Pineda and Ivan Nova to go with decent starter options in A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia, the pitching appears very solid on paper.
The only real knock on the Yanks is their age.
I chuckle when I see that 36-year-old Alex Rodriguez is set to make $30 million during the 2012 season, especially considering his injury troubles and declining power (just 16 homers last season). Combine A-Rod with 37-year-old Derek Jeter, and you have some pretty obvious question marks. It will be interesting to see how those two perform in 2012.
Nevertheless, the Yankees always seem to find a way to win (I hope I jinxed them by saying they’d win the division, I really do).