Over/under: Wins for Yankees

March, 29, 2012
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The New York Yankees were the best team in the American League in 2011. They won 97 games. Their projected runs scored and allowed totals of 867 and 657 project to 101 wins. They came up short in the playoffs, done in by a lack of timely hitting.

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Over/under prediction: 93.5 wins for Yankees

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    72%
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    28%

Discuss (Total votes: 2,125)

Can this team win 100 games in 2012?

After all, they've brought in Hiroki Kuroda, Michael Pineda and maybe Andy Pettitte for the rotation. Maybe Alex Rodriguez will play more than 99 games and hit better than .276/.362/.461. Maybe Mark Teixeira will rebound from a .248/.341/.494 season. Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano were MVP candidates a season ago and could be again.

So ... 100 wins is a possibility. But why not 100 wins?

1. They brought in some nice starters, but remember that Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia were good last year, combining for a 3.82 ERA over 51 starts and 311 innings. Kuroda and Pineda may be better, but they're also moving from good pitcher's parks to Yankee Stadium.

2. The bullpen was awesome. And we don't just mean Mariano Rivera. David Robertson had a 1.08 ERA, Luis Ayala 2.09, Cory Wade 2.04. Boone Logan pitched well. The pen is likely to regress a bit.

3. Age of the lineup. A-Rod will be 36, Jeter 38, Teixeira 32, Raul Ibanez 40. Granderson and Nick Swisher are 31.

What do you think? The over/under is 93.5 wins.

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