So the Yankees have lost a game. You mean they are not going to go 162-0? If you pay attention to Yankee Twitter you would have thought the Bombers got eliminated yesterday afternoon.
True the Yankees lost a game to the lowly Orioles, a team that won only 47 games a year ago and one that many people feel is even worse this year. It can be argued that the Yankees record against the Orioles and the Blue Jays last year is the reason they lost the AL East to the Red Sox. It certainly didn't help that Boston was 31-7 against those two division rivals while New York was 26-13. Basic math shows a six game difference. The Red Sox won the division by eight games. This difference was a contributing factor, however, the real reason they lost the AL East last year was simple...BOSTON WAS BETTER!
I do not believe that to be the case this year. The Yankees improved themselves during the off season. The addition of James Paxton gives the Yankees a front of the rotation stud to go along with Luis Severino. That one-two punch has the potential to be as lethal as any in the American League.
The Yankees also bolstered an already great bullpen by adding Adam Ottavino. For those that have not seen him pitch yet I dare say he has more movement on his pitches than anyone I have seen in a long time. The bench was also improved by the addition of DJ Lemahieu . This former batting champion can play multiple positions and makes the Yankees even more dangerous.
The Red Sox on the other hand pretty much stood pat. They made no significant moves except to lose their closer Craig Kimbrel. Now when you win 108 games and blitzkrieg your way through the playoffs there is not much you need to do for the following season. That said, the Sox will not win 108 games again this year and even the most ardent fan can not deny that the pen has potential to be a dumpster fire. This division will be closer than the eight game deficit from a year ago. It may well come down to how well New York and Boston do against Toronto and Baltimore. That remains to be seen. Relax Yankee fans. Nothing has been decided yet.
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