The New York Yankees spent $280 million in the offseason and were expecting to be a World Series contenders. However, as we sit at the All-Star break, we’re looking at a team that’s five games out of first place in the American League East and losing traction. Are they still capable of making a run this year?
Injuries Sap Strength From Starters
After entering the season as one of the World Series favorites, the Yankees have dropped all the way down to 22/1. This is a team that’s likely going to continue to sink mostly in part to injuries. They’ve been forced to go most of the way without ace C.C. Sabathia and according to manager Joe Girardi, he’s not expected back this season. While import Masahiro Tanaka had been phenomenal for the Yankees but he’s now dealing with an elbow injury that will likely sideline him the rest of the season. And that’s on top of Michael Pineda’s and Ivan Nova’s injuries.
The bottom line is that the Yankees are going forward with Hiroki Kuroda, Brandon McCarthy, David Phelps and Shane Greene as their top four starters. That’s simply not going to be good enough, and upcoming sports picks made should reflect that.
Where’s The Power?
If there’s one thing that the Yankees are typically known for, it’s power hitting. That has not been the case this year. The often-injured Mark Teixeira is finally healthy and leads the way with 17 home runs. However, only one other player on the team has hit double-digits in dingers: Brian McCann with 10. The Yankees are just 15th in home runs in the Majors and 20th in OPS. Even worse is the fact that they’re 22nd in runs scored. One of the main reasons for that is the aforementioned McCann, who is struggling mightily in his first year in New York. He’s batting just .239 and the Yankees didn’t pay him $85 million to do that.
What To Do With Yankees Futures?
If you’ve already invested with your baseball picks, you’re probably in trouble. If you haven’t placed your bets yet, you will probably want to stay away.
The Yankees pride themselves on making big moves before the trade deadline but this is not a team that’s stocked with top-level prospects to make a splash. Beyond that, this team is not just one piece away. General Manager Brian Cashman isn’t going to sell the future to help the team now – especially a team that’s not ready to contend for a World Series.
The Yankees are posted at +275 MLB odds to win the American League East and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they pull that off. The Toronto Blue Jays are flawed, the Boston Red Sox are brutal, the Tampa Bay Rays have been weak, which means it’s really a two-horse race with the Baltimore Orioles. But the Yankees have plenty of flaws of their own, starting with the loss of their two best pitching arms. If they were crushing the ball as they normally do, I’d say consider the NY Yankees for a small play with your futures. But considering they’ve lost their pitching studs and can’t hit their way out of this mess, it’s best to save your money and invest elsewhere.