We gathered the “staff” together in a virtual sitdown to cover some of the biggest questions and issues that consumed our off-season and shared our thoughts how things would play out in 2010. There’s a lot here so I’ll just jump into it. Here are the questions thrown to Will, Larry, TheCommonMan, Mark, Tamar and myself:
- A general stat line for the Yankees in 2010: number of wins, finish in A.L. East, how they’ll do in the playoffs (including the identity of the team they play when they win the WS or are eliminated).
- An explanation for your prediction in (1) above, focusing on what you think will change the most on-the-field from 2009 to 2010.
- Predictions for the performance for four of the players we’ve discussed most during the off-season: Granderson, Gardner, Hughes and Joba.
- Your prediction for the most important off-the-field Yankees story/distraction in 2010.
- Biggest Yankee midseason pickup?
So let’s get started:
1. A general stat line for the Yankees in 2010: number of wins, finish in A.L. East, how they’ll do in the playoffs (including the identity of the team they play when they win the WS or are eliminated):
Will: I look at this current incarnation of the Yankees as the best we’ve seen in my lifetime. I think they’ll test the 100 win mark in the regular season. 99-63, 1st in division; defeat the Phillies in the WS a second year in a row.
TheCommonMan: 94-68, 2nd, Lose in the ALCS
Mark: Most of the projections seem to have the Yankees in the high 90s, and I don’t have a problem with that. But I’ll be conservative and say 94 wins (hey, the Rays and Red Sox are pretty good, too). With the best offense in the majors and a pitching staff that should be around the top 10, injuries are the only thing that could get in the way of another AL East Division Title. Once in the playoffs, they’re still the best team. Unfortunately for this Braves fan, there’s just no reason to bet against the Yankees when they oust the Cardinals for the World Series.
Larry: Yankees stat line: 92 wins, American League wild card winner, loser to Seattle Mariners in 4 games in first round of playoffs.
Tamar: I really think that the Yankees are a better team than they were in 2009. If they stay healthy I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win over 100, but I’ll play it safe and say 97-65. I do think they will win the AL East and win the World Series, beating the Braves.
Jason: 94-68, winning the AL East, but barely. One game or even a tiebreaker with the Sox. TB an unfortunate 3rd, but clearly better than at least the AL West or Central-winning teams, if not both.
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