by Yankee Todd,
The Phillies are not the team to beat!!!
The Yankees are and they will win the World Series.
The Yankees are the team to beat. They have been the team to beat since 1995. Heck, if the strike wouldn’t have occurred in 1994 they might have won it then and given Don Mattingly a well deserved ring. But that’s a separate story.
The Yankees are going to win the American League next season and will beat the Phillies in the World Series. If you ask my son, they will win in six games.
Here are five reasons why the Yankees will win the World Series in 2012.
1) Robinson Cano.
Quite possibly the most dangerous and feared hitter in the league today, Cano is the heart and soul of the Yankees. Cano plays the game with an infectious smile. When he first broke into the big leagues, many predicted that he would win a batting title. I think that year is upon him. Robinson Cano will also be a contender for the American League MVP. A dominating performance by Cano will propel the Yanks to the top.
2) The continued power of Curtis Granderson
Grandy was dandy last year, providing a pop that the Yankees desperately needed. Imagine how many quality pitches he will get if he bats in the two hole? A hot hitting Granderson will continue to make the Yankees forget about who they traded to acquire him.
3) The pitching staff
Yes, I said it. What has been their biggest question mark in years past will be a strength this year. Staff ace CC Sabathia, down 15 pounds, is hoping to prevent another late season let down. He will rebound to the dominate ace and return to CY Young consideration. When Sabathia is on, he is the bulldog ACE that I would match against any pitcher in a one game playoff. Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda will be a solid second and third options.
Sit down for this next statement. After trying to dump his contract on anyone and Cashman wasn’t able to find any suitors, AJ Burnett will have a very good season. I am not saying that we will not have any huge melt downs or first inning’s from hell, but I think in a no pressure situation, AJ will be fine. Remember he was a very dominant pitcher with the Blue Jays and when he is on his stuff is nasty and filthy.
The fifth spot will be a battle between recently acquired Hiroki Kuroda, Freddy Garcia, and Phil Hughes. I give the nod to Kuroda which means that both Garcia and Hughes will start in the pen and give the bullpen tremendous depth.
4) Brett Gardner
I anticipate a huge year on the base paths for Gardner. I could easily see Gardner stealing 70 or more bases. With the line-up healthy and dangerous, pitchers are going to have to concentrate on the hitters thus giving Gardner lots of room to run. With Gardner setting the table, he could easily lead the league in runs scored.
5) A healthy A-Rod
You can tell how bad A-Rod wants to help the team, he traveled to Germany to see a specialist so that he would be healthy this year. A healthy A-Rod makes his team even more dangerous. I do not believe we will see any more MVP trophies from Rodriquez but I do not think 25 home runs and 100 RBI are not out of the question.
Here is my everyday line-up for the Yankees in 2012
Andruw Jones/DH slot (Matsui?)
(I do think Jeter will bat in the 8/9 hole the entire season but in my opinion, the best lead-off option is Gardner.
I think the Yankees will win between 100 and 105 games this year. What do you think?
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