New York Yankees: Team preview and prediction for 2020 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees follows throughon a sixth inning single against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees follows throughon a sixth inning single against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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My biggest thing with this 2020 Yankees team is that they had everything go right for them last year (in the wake of countless setbacks) and I don’t feel confident that they’ll be able to harness that same magic they had in 2019. They’ll be a very good team because of how deep their roster is, but will they be in the same position as they were last year to get to the World Series? I’m not as sure about it as I was before all these injuries came up.

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All in all, I believe the Yankees would’ve ended up 90-72 and come in second place in the AL East before the Coronavirus outbreak. I’m not sure as to how many games they’ll win and lose now, but I still believe they’ll be very much in both the divisional and Wild Card races and that they’ll eke out that second Wild Card spot.

In the end, however, I think the strikeouts will catch up to them at the plate and their starting pitching will be somewhat where it was last year in that they’ll finish middle of the pack in terms of team ERA, resulting in them missing out on yet another World Series.

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Maybe the shortened season plays in their favor. Maybe it dooms them.