By September, the Yankees won’t be a factor in the AL East. This is shaping up to be an ugly transition year in Gotham, with age creeping around all over the diamond, from shortstop (Derek Jeter) to third (Alex Rodriguez) to designated hitter (Jorge Posada).A lot can change between now and October, but barring a major trade or breakout year from a pitching prospect or two (in the majors), but I'm finding it very hard to disagree with anything said above. With the team they currently have I think it's Wild Card or bust, and that might be a stretch.
The starting pitching remains thin beyond CC Sabathia and the bullpen beyond Rivera is a year-to-year crapshoot.
They’ll beat up on enough bad pitching to hang around, but don’t be surprised if they end up filling the role played by the Red Sox last September — contender in name only.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
From John Tomase: