Re: Yanks lineup now better than Sox
posted at 12/7/2013 2:37 PM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I would not be surprised if we score more runs than the Yanks, or at least come close.
On Paper, their offense is looking pretty good, but remember, Tex was in a steady decline before the injuries, no Cano, Ryan may play a lot of SS, and age or fragility may take a heavy toll in 2014.
On paper, our rotation, pen, and pitching depth, as of this moment, looks much much better than the Yanks.
Age related declines and injuries have to be a concern with Jeter, Beltran, CC, Kuroda, ARod (suspension?), Tex, Ichiro, Soriano and Wells. The offense looks good on paper, but there are a lot of question marks there and uncertainty.
I think the Yankees season hinges directly on CC's fat behind and Kuroda's arm not falling off. Nova is a solid number 3 for them, but had an ERA in the 5's two years ago before his shortened season last year... but he might very well be the best starter they have next year.
I see them taking a chance on either Santana or Halladay... heck why not both? I also see them making a move for Tanaka in a strong way. It was a foregone conclusion to start the year that he would be in pin stripes. Add Pineda to the back of that pen and they could get lucky and be dangerous. That said, luck goes down with age... so it will be a challenge for them to make the playoffs.
I see them topping off the rotation with Colon and trading one of the spare outfielders for a short stop / second base type dude who can hit like Marco Scutaro. It doesn't take long for the laughing stock of the division to turn into a force when you have billions in the bank. They will buy a bridge year where they can at least compete is my guess.