The NY Yankees will be definite playoff contenders for the 2008 season. I see the Yankees making the playoffs and possibly winning the AL East. It will be a tough task because Boston gives the Yankees so much competition. If the Yankees don't win the AL East I still see them getting the Wild Card spot. This team is poised to have a great year and will go further in the playoffs than last season.
The starting rotation for the Yankees should be Wang, Pettitte, Hughes, Mussina, and Kennedy. The bullpen looks as if Rivera will be the closer with Chamberlain as the setup man and Hawkins, Farnsworth, Bruney and lefty Henn will fill in when needed. There will be a few more men in the bullpen for the Yankees that I'm still unsure of.
Starting at first base will be Giambi, second Cano, third A-Rod, shortstop Jeter, left field Damon, center field Cabrera, right field Abreu, catcher Posada, and the DH will be Matsui. The Yankees are looking good with a great starting lineup. A-Rod should once again lead the league in home runs and the Yankees know that will get productivity out of Jeter, Posada, and Cano this season.
Giambi, Matsui, Abreu, Damon, and Cabrera will really have to step up at the plate if the Yankees are going to make a run at it this season. I see those guys rebounding to have a great year. All of these players are getting healthy or are mostly healthy, so the Yankees should be able to do good things. New manager Joe Girardi is the perfect fit for the Yankees and will be able to get this team far into the postseason. He wont allow any letdowns to occur in the Big Apple. The upcoming season is poised to be a great year for baseball and its fans.