2. An explanation for your prediction in (1) above, focusing on what you think will change the most on-the-field from 2009 to 2010.
Will: There are two sides to this fight. One, is Brian Cashman’s effective allocation of resources–which he has done masterfully this offseason. The pitching staff going into 2010 is FAR better than the staff was going into 2009. Vazquez was the 2nd best pitcher in the National League last year by FIP (best, if you normalize for HRs via xFIP…that’s right, he beat out Tiny Tim). Defensively the team is much improved with Granderson and Gardner filling in for Melky and Damon (this is a lot more important than most people figure). Offensively, as we showed earlier this offseason, the team is going to be a lot stronger with Granderson and Nick Johnson filling Matsui and Damon’s spots–and additionally, we have a full season of A-Rod, who missed one month fully on the DL, but wasn’t up to his own standards for a good portion of his time off the DL either.… Click here to read the rest