New York Yankees
The Yankees haven’t won a World Series since 2009, which is a significant slump considering the team’s dynamic history in baseball. New York has 27 titles, 40 AL pennants, and 55 playoff appearances since 1921. They won 100 or more games in 2018 and 2019, with 22 trips to the postseason over the past 26 years.
Their improvement last year came on offense (1st in runs – 943, 2nd in home runs – 306, and 2nd in RBIs – 904). Before the season started, the Yankees lost their top pitcher (Luis Severino) for most of the year, which was the main reason they slipped to 14th in ERA (4.31). New York tied for the league’s most converted saves (50).
Being an ace away from a potential trip to the World Series, the Yankees placed their bet on the rising arm of Gerrit Cole, who signed a nine-year deal. Their big loss in the offseason was an 81-game suspension for SP Domingo German due to a domestic incident.
In 2019, New York played much of the year without their top two sluggers (Aaron Judge – 62 missed games and Giancarlo Stanton – 144 missed games).
The Yankees are the favorite to win the American League this season thanks to a pair of aces, an excellent…