New York Yankees: Soon To Be World Series Champs

Jansyn CraigCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 12:  Members of the New York Yankees celebrate on the mound after Robinson Cano #24 hit a walk-off RBI single in the eleventh inning during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 12, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

After a dismal start to the season, the New York Yankees are in post-season form.  Since the return of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have been a contender and no longer the early season pretender.

Now with a record of 74-45 and a seven game cushion on the Red Sox, the Yankees seem to be rolling into a playoff series.  As the hottest team since the All-Star break, can anyone beat them?  So far the answer has been no.

The Yankees are one of the few teams with depth in every area.  They have two quality catchers in Posada and Molina.  The infield of Texeira, Cano, Jeter and Rodriguez is arguably the best in baseball.  The outfield of Damon, Cabrera and Swisher is a strong hitting and very consistent outfield.

The acquisitions in the pitching rotation are what made the Yankees a legitimate favorite.  With Sabathia and Burnett joining the starting lineup, mixed with Pettitte and Chamberlain, they now have four quality starters who can pitch consistently.  The bullpen, weak at the beginning, has come around and has given Rivera the chance to save games with 35 saves on 36 chances.

Based on all these factors the Yankees are looking good to head into the World Series and win it in non-dramatic fashion.