April 6, 2018

2018 MLB predictions: Judge, Stanton & Sanchez

For starters, this is my 10th annual MLB predictions post. I feel old.

I haven't picked the Yankees to win it all since my first two years on the job, and the first time I was right on the money. This year, the Yankees are actually a pretty safe bet to win it all, so I'll take my chances.

Better late than never! Let's get right down to it:

AL East 
1. Red Sox
2. Yankees*
3. Orioles

4. Blue Jays
5. Rays

AL Central 

1. Indians
2. Twins
3. Tigers
4. White Sox
5. Royals

AL West 
1. Astros
2. Angels*
3. Mariners
4. Rangers
5. Athletics 

NL East 

1. Nationals
2. Phillies
3. Mets
4. Braves
5. Marlins

NL Central 
1. Cubs
2. Brewers*
3. Cardinals
4. Pirates
5. Reds

NL West 
1. Dodgers
2. Rockies*
3. Diamondbacks
4. 
Padres
5. Giants

*Wild Card Winner 

Playoffs
AL Champion: Yankees
NL Champion: Nationals
World Series Champion: Yankees, 6 games

Awards
AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
AL Cy: Chris Sale
NL Cy: Max Scherzer
AL RoY: Shohei Otani
NL RoY: Ronald Acuña
AL Manager: Aaron Boone
NL Manager: Craig Counsell

Yankee Stats 
Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton & Gary Sanchez home runs: 126 
Giancarlo Stanton & Aaron Judge walks: 233
Giancarlo Stanton & Aaron Judge strikeouts: 322
Greg Bird games played: 98 
Gleyber Torres games played:: 43
Aaron Hicks runs: 86 – He'll be hitting leadoff before you know it
Luis Severino wins: 21
CC Sabathia ERA: 4.25
Aroldis Chapman saves: 29


Previous Predictions
2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Results
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Results from my 2017 MLB predictions

Despite all of my reasons the Yankees could fail in 2018, they have the third shortest odds to win the World Series, right behind the Astros and the Dodgers.

Now that the season has begun, let's take a look at how I did on last year's predictions. I hit .260 (13/50).

My most impressive prediction last year was picking the Astros to win it all.

My least impressive? Saying Aaron Judge’s “too many strikeouts will lead to a demotion.” Ha!

AL East 
1. Red Sox CORRECT
2. Blue Jays* INCORRECT (Yankees)
3. Yankees* 
INCORRECT (Rays)
4. Orioles INCORRECT (Blue Jays)
5. Rays INCORRECT (Orioles)

March 14, 2018

Q&A with Bryan Hoch, author of new Yankees book 'The Baby Bombers'

Longtime Yankees beat reporter for MLB.com Bryan Hoch just released his first book, and it's definitely worth the read if you want to hear how the Yankees cultivated the next potential "Core Four."

Hoch features extensive detail on how the Yankees scouted and developed Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino and Greg Bird. Brian Cashman's key trades and near-trades over the past few seasons are also detailed like never before.

I breezed through my advance copy in about a week. Go pick up this book now.

If you're still looking for a reason to buy it, I'll let him tell you why you should, as Hoch was nice enough to hop on the phone with me for a 15-minute interview about the book and the current state of the Yankees.

I’ve just finished reading it, but why should other fans pick up a copy of your book?
I hope it captures the excitement that fans have around this team right now. The concept beginning the book was how the Derek Jeter Yankees became the Aaron Judge Yankees. You know from watching the team last year that people really fell in love with these guys – the Judges, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Greg Bird – there’s so much excitement around the Bronx. For the first time in a very long time you can really see a future where the Yankees are gonna be good for a sustainable period of time and compete for championships year in and year out. I think watching these guys come up through the farm system, become stars at the big league level, get to experience New York for the first time. It’s not just that they’re young, it’s that they’re good. I think the sky really is the limit for what these guys can accomplish going forward. 

February 22, 2018

7 reasons why the Yanks could fail in 2018

Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of hope for the Yankees in 2018. But it won’t be easy. The AL East is still the deepest division in baseball, and while the Yankees made the biggest move of the offseason to acquire Giancarlo Stanton, now they have a target on their backs. 

Plus, a lot of things could very easily go wrong with this team. Here are seven of the biggest concerns I have with this squad.

1. We can’t expect so many career years again
Let’s get real for a second: it all came together for the Yankees in 2017. Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, Starlin Castro, Ronald Torreyes and Chad Green all had monster seasons. That’s a lot to live up to this year, as all are back with the exception of Castro. Realistically, maybe one of this bunch will be able to improve on last season, while the rest will likely not be able to match their magical 2017 campaign.

February 19, 2018

Yankees Games to Watch in 2018

It’s Feb. 19. The Yankees’ first game of 2018 is just a few days away, and there’s something different buzzing around camp than there has in recent years.

Last year they were the underdogs, but then they overachieved and fell one game short of the World Series. As CC Sabathia said over the offseason, the Yankees have reclaimed their Evil Empire status with the acquisition of reigning MVP Giancarlo Stanton. 

They’re back to being hated.

With that in mind, and given the excitement for the season ahead, I wanted to take a closer look at some of the most-anticipated matchups slated on their schedule.

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