The Bronx Bombers are hoping to rebound from consecutive mediocre campaigns but which direction do we see this club trending? Below we peruse the MLB future odds for the Yankees to determine if there is enough value to include in our MLB picks.
MLB Odds on NY Yankees
After successive 85 and 84 win seasons the MLB oddsmakers are pegging the Bombers at 81 ½ wins on the season according to Bovada.com. New York is also slated at 14-1 to win the AL Pennant and 33-1 in MLB Odds to take the World Series title back to the Big Apple. Therefore the prevailing conventional wisdom is that New York is headed backwards and expected to barely break .500 on the season. But neither a pitch has been thrown nor a hit struck in anger thus far because spring training is underway and we throw all that away until the games begin for real in April.
Let’s take a look at what the Yankees have and have not done in order to give us an indication of what to expect from the men in pinstripes this season. Obviously injuries and trades can muddy the waters not to mention the three-ring circus that is the ongoing saga of Alex Rodriguez. But let’s take a look into our crystal ball and see what we can see.
1st Base: Mark Teixeira – Outside of his first year in NY back in ’09 Teixeira has not panned out due largely to injuries and at 34 years-old he can still bring the power but his batting average has been as low as his salary has been high.
2nd Base: Stephen Drew – Drew is coming off his worst statistical year since entering the Bigs but he arrived late to the party after holding out for beau coup dough and split time between Boston and New York. Defensively Drew is a whiz but offensively he can be…quite offensive.
Shortstop: Didi Gregorius – Playing shortstop in the immense shadow of recently retired Derek Jeter is like having Chris Rock open for you at Catch a Rising Star. It’s just not an act you want to follow particularly with a bat as dead as Gregorius’.
3rd Base: Chase Headley – The switch-hitting Headley joined the Yankees in July and struggled through a variety of injuries before getting hit in the face with a pitch as the season wound down. Assuming there is no physical or mental baggage Headley should be a solid option at the hot corner.
Catcher: Brian McCann – Defensively McCann is an asset and he’s got plenty of pop in his bat but his average has dipped precipitously as his .232 average from last season will attest.
Left Field: Brett Gardner – The speedy left fielder provided surprising power launching 17 home runs which was a career-high. But once again we have a pedestrian batting average at the top of the order.
Center Field: Jacoby Ellsbury – The New York Yankees opened up their checkbook bigtime for Ellsbury and the former Red Sox dropped off over 20 points from his career batting average. Nevertheless, he is one of the league’s truest threats on the base paths and is perhaps their only offensive star.
Right Field: Carlos Beltran – At 37-years-old and coming off of one of his worst seasons primarily due to bone spurs in his right elbow, Beltran should have a bounce back season but how much better than the .232 average and 15 home runs is anyone’s guess.
DH: Alex Rodriguez – Obviously this is a big question mark and the aging superstar will most likely platoon with Chris Young.
Masahiro Tanaka – When he’s on he is a bona fide ace but injuries derailed what looked like a very promising 2014 season. Big question mark here.
C.C. Sabathia – Just another aging veteran passed his prime with a bloated contract. Knee surgery knocked the former ace out of the box last season and he appears to be fading as fast as his velocity is declining.
Michael Pineda – Injuries have plagued Pineda as well but when he’s on - he’s very good. The saving grace here is that he is only 26-years-old and could be a standout if he stays injury free.
Chris Capuano – Currently on the DL with a strained quad he too has been susceptible to injuries. Back-of-the-rotation kind of guy.
Nathan Eovaldi – Throws smoke but gets caught early and often by left-handed batters. Work in progress until Ivan Nova returns from Tommy John surgery.
MLB Pick Total
Are you impressed? I sure as hell am not. We’ve got a team that would have set the world on fire 10 years ago but the outrageous long term deals have come back to haunt the Yankees and the team assembled for the 2015 season resembles faded glory far more than one poised for postseason greatness. Make your MLB Picks and begin counting the losses until season’s end when you will then count your winnings.
NY Yankees Season Win Total: Under 81½ (-115) at Bovada.