Starting with 27 World Series titles and 40 American League pennants the Yankees are America’s greatest pro franchise. Add in their status as the top revenue generator and you have the fuel necessary for sustained excellence. From 1995 through 2019 New York has missed the postseason just four times. However, the 2009 season was their only World Series title since 2000. Major League Baseball’s expansion of postseason and the “luxury tax” have created an era of parity. Once again, the Bronx Bombers are a championship favorite with the MLB odds. They are coming off consecutive 100+ win seasons.
2020 New York Yankees Odds to Win
Odds to win World Series: +400
Odds to win American League: +175
2019 Record: 103-59
Standing: 1st place in American League East
New York Yankees 2020 Offseason Overview
Re-signing outfielder Brett Gardner was important. But inking Gerrit Cole to a record contract for a pitcher made bold headlines. Cole’s arrival is a much-needed fortification to a pitching staff that was not World Series material. Fashion that general manager Brian Cashman made the most of his assets to land the biggest sports betting asset available.
Manager Aaron Boone
Extending a playing career that ran from 1997 through 2009 is Aaron Boone respected. He played for the Yankees in 2003. Boone became a broadcaster on ESPN after his playing days. Cause by his name brand and New York connection he was named manager for the 2018 season. He won 100 games in 2018 and 103 in 2019. It must be noted that Boone was hired to win the World Series. His predecessor Joe Girardi was fired for failing to advance in the postseason. Consider that Girardi led the Yankees to six playoff berths in 10 years.
New York Yankees Starting Pitching
Of course, the rotation is now led by Gerrit Cole. Baseball’s most expensive contract for a pitcher is with good reason. Cole was 20-5 with a 2.50 earned run average in 2019. For the past two years, his ERA has been under 2.88. While Cole’s WHIP has been under 0.82 for two consecutive seasons. Cole struck out 326 batters in 212.1 innings pitched in 2019. He arrives from the Astros where he anchored a World Series pitching staff. Summing up Cole is a three-time All-Star. That includes the past two seasons in Houston.
Second starter Masahiro Tanaka is a big drop from Cole. Tanaka was 11-9 in 2019 with a 4.45 earned run average. His WHIP was 1.24. Yet Tanaka was named a 2019 All-Star for the second time in his career. Notwithstanding that he isn’t a dominant pitcher.
In short James Paxton, J.A. Happ and Jordan Montgomery complete the rotation.
New York Yankees Relief Pitching
To begin with, the Yankees have had a phenomenal tradition of dominant closers. Namely, Mariano Rivera filled that Baseball betting role from 1997 through 2013. Rivera was a 13-time All-Star and first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee.
Following Rivera’s key role in New York is Aroldis Chapman. In his two seasons with the Yankees, he has saved 32 and 37 games. Rivera was 3-2 with a 2.21 earned run average and 37 saves for 2019. He struck out 85 batters in 57 innings of work. In sum, Chapman has 273 career saves. He has struck out 883 batters in 535.2 career innings pitched.
New York Yankees Key Hitters
At the beginning of the season sluggers, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were expected to be on the disabled list. Their much-needed status for the shortened season remains unknown. As a result, shortstop Gleyber Torres becomes the most important man in the lineup. Torres is coming off two All-Star campaigns. At age 23 he still commands plenty of upsides. Correlate his 38 home runs, 96 runs, 90 runs batted in last year.
New York Yankees Restart Betting Outlook
In view of the expanded playoff, the Yankees are a cinch to make the postseason. Otherwise, there are a lot of unknowns to be revealed as to New York’s true championship potential.
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