September 18, 2020

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2019 World Series Champions….New York Yankees

Unless you are a fan of the New York Yankees, no one likes the Yankees. However, this team is setting up nicely to win yet another World Series this season. I’m not even sure why we are playing this season because I believe that this is already a foregone conclusion. The Bronx Bombers currently sit with a 17-13 record and are second in the AL East standings.

New York currently has 14(!!!) players on the Injured List. Some of the names are players teams could live without, but Stanton, Judge, Severino, Hicks, LaMahieu, Gregorius, Andujar, and Betances could put together a team that would win the division. The remarkable thing about this is that the Yankees are still in great shape. Their minor leaguers who have been called up are keeping this season afloat. Think about this for a second. New York has their three starting outfielders on the IL, but that trio is the best outfield in baseball when they are healthy.

Luke Voit became a household name for NY fans towards the end of last season, but the rest of Major League Baseball is being put on notice. Voit currently has a slash line of .277/.396/.545 to go along with his 9 home runs and 26 runs batted in. He doesn’t strike out a lot and walks a fair amount too. Other than that, there isn’t much else working in their lineup aside from Gleyber Torres who also has a .302 OBP.

Their pitching has been doing a fine job winning games as well. Their pitching staff has a 3.87 team ERA which is very good. James Paxton (Big Maple) has been a great addition to this roster as the lefty is striking out an overwhelming 13.2 batters per nine innings pitched. That’s a lot of swings and misses. Masahiro Tanaka is throwing a lot of innings, and they recently got the old, thicc veteran, CC Sabathia back which doesn’t hurt either.

The AL East is winnable. The Tampa Bay Rays currently lead the division, but they have come back to Earth after their scorching hot start. The Rays will always be good and compete, but they will never be able to compete when this Yankees lineup is healthy again. The Red Sox are a dumpster fire and are still on a bender from their World Series title last October. The front office recently banned their players from playing Fortnite, but if you are that mentally weak where you can’t withstand that distraction of a kid’s video game, you’re not going anywhere.

New York is set up perfectly to absolutely run away with this division when they are healthy. If they get healthy and stay that way for the rest of the season, there is no point in playing the rest of the year. It is going to be a disgusting thing to say and I’ll probably go take a shower after saying this, but the New York Yankees are going to win the World Series this season.

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