Don't see how Yankees would win AL in their current state
Just too old, can't hit in postseason either
Sabathia-Kuroda-Pettitte-Hughes/Nova/Phelps/Pineda is pretty nasty rotation to face in the playoffs. Plus, I'd caution against saying the Yankees "can't hit in the postseason," which is a blanket statement based on an absurdly small sample size.
But mainly, I'm a homer and I always pick the Yankees to win the World Series
No love for Baltimore? Almost everyone is picking them to finish 4th or last.
they overachieved last year. their Pythagorean W-L record was 82-80 and they won 93 games . That is mainly due to them going 29-9 in 1 runs games, which is unheard of. Nobody expects them to be that successful in 1 run games again.
Rotation got worse and the division got better as a whole.
I really don't know why you guys are nitpicking at this. It's not like I picked them to finish 1st or even 2nd (!) in the division.
How did the rotation get worse? They're bringing back the same rotation that took them from 54-66 to 83-79 by the end of the season.
And I must be missing the whole division getting better thing.
Cincinnati added Choo, Manny Parra, Jason Donald and Jack Hannahan. Sure Choo is good on offense but he's going to be terrible on defense in CF.
St. Louis lost Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman and signed Ty Wigginton, Ronny Cedeno and Randy Choate. Lohse probably isn't going to be missed because of the depth in their farm system but it's not like they went out and added a ton of pieces.
Pittsburgh added Francisco Liriano, Russell Martin, Mark Melancon, Jeanmar Gomez and Jonathan Sanchez. Once again, where's the big move that drastically improves them?
The only reason the division got better is because the Astros left it.