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Some sports books have released MLB win totals. Over the next few days, we’ll analyze the win totals by division and comments where we see some value. Today, we’ll focus on the American League East:

After adding Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the odds-makers believe that the Boston Red Sox are American League East favorites. Boston, however, does not have a bonafide Ace atop its rotation. Boston was unable to re-sign starting pitcher (and fan favorite), Jon Lester. Boston has been discussing a trade for Cole Hamels, but it doesn’t look like it will happen before the season. The American League East features some great hitters, so Boston will need the starting pitchers to compete.

Toronto also added some more offensive firepower by signing Russell Martin and trading for Josh Donaldson. Toronto’s offense features a lot of right-handed power hitters, but alike Boston, does not have depth in its starting rotation. R.A. Dickey will be asked to lead this rotation, but Toronto has the uncanny ability to under-perform annually.

The Baltimore Orioles won the AL East last season, but the odds-makers aren’t expecting a second straight title. Nelson Cruz, who hit 41 home runs last season, signed with the Seattle Mariners. Baltimore is hoping Chris Davis can bounce back, but he’s an unknown entering the 2015 season. Baltimore also lacks rotation depth.

The New York Yankees are projected to finish fourth. The Yankees have gotten younger and are expecting bounce back campaigns from Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, and Ivan Nova. Chase Headley re-signed and the Yankees traded for shortstop, Didi Gregorious. Fans are also expecting respectable seasons from A-Rod and Mark Teixeira

Tampa Bay is expected to take a step-back after manager Joe Maddon left and Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar, and David Price were traded away. Tampa Bay is expecting its younger players to step-up and fill the void.


  • I don’t think there’s a ton of value in any of these totals. I think the Yankees are better than the Blue Jays and Orioles, so I would want to bet Yankees (OVER). I think Tampa Bay is in for a rude awakening and should falter in a tight race for the AL East crowd. I’d bet Tampa Bay (UNDER).

Best Bets:

Yankees Over 81.5 Wins

Rays Under 78.5 Wins

It’s been a difficult offseason for Yankee fans. Derek Jeter broke his ankle, but should return for Spring Training. Alex Rodriguez, who is undergoing hip surgery, will miss at least half of 2013. Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez, and Andruw Jones, who combined to hit 94 home runs, signed elsewhere. Rafael Soriano, who saved 42 games, is also expected to sign elsewhere. For better or worse, the Yankees were not linked to any top free agents. The Yankee brass is committed to spending less than baseball’s $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014, so free agent spending sprees are off the table.

Brian Cashman always emphasizes the importance of keeping his ‘core’ together, so four key pieces were re-signed to team friendly deals. Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda signed one-year deals while Ichrio Suzuki signed a two-year deal. These deals should help the Yankees win in 2013, but each player is over 40-years-old and adds little value to the future of the team.

The Yankees are one of the oldest teams in baseball, but still boast some of the game’s best players. Jeter and Ichiro will set the table for Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson. CC Sabathia will be supported by Kuroda, Pettitte, and Phil Hughes in the starting rotation. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson will lock down the backend of the bullpen. This core won 95 games last season, so anything less will be a failure.

While the Yankees boast a strong core, many are questioning their complementary parts. As of today, the Yankees have not named a starting catcher or designated hitter. Cashman will not sign a free agent catcher, so expect a combination of Francisco Cervelli-Chris Stewart-Austin Romine to start. Kevin Youkilis will start at third base, but he was signed as A-Rod’s caddy. The Yankees will need Youkilis to play third base and DH, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. If Youkilis suffers another injury, will the team trust Eduardo Nunez to play third base? Nunez is currently the de-facto designated hitter, but Cashman always extends multiple Spring Training invites. The Yankees have a glutton of left handed hitters in its outfield, so expect a right handed bat to join this threesome. Remember, Marcus Thames and Raul Ibanez were signed late and played significant roles. Expect similar moves.

Going into 2013, the Yankees have a very small margin for error. The roster is primarily comprised of older players that may break down. Each AL East foe improved its roster and many are expecting the Toronto Blue Jays to win the division. However, the Yankees boasted baseball’s best run differential and have a roster full of players that have endured October battles. The Yankees continue to pour resources into scouting and player development, but don’t count them out. In terms of player development and a more cost conscious approach, the 2013 season may prove to be a transition year. That doesn’t mean the Yankees are incapable of raising another AL East flag.

The Yankees and incumbent catcher, Russell Martin discussed a multi-year deal during this off-season. The 29-year-old backstop rebounded in a big way last season as a member of the Yankees. Martin hit 18 HRs and drove in 65 runs in 125 games. More importantly, Martin was excellent with the younger Yankee pitchers. Martin, who is owed $8 million in 2012, is set to become a free-agent in 2013. Some of Martin’s counterparts are starting to secure multi-year contract extensions. And to be clear–Martin’s services won’t come cheaply if he continues to perform.

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Boy, that Hurricane Irene was one tough broad. She came ripping through my home town and left us powerless for five days. So I apologize for the lack of articles on my behalf. Anyway, the Yankees took the rubber game against the Red Sox tonight in Fenway. AJ wasn’t bad, the bullpen was solid, and Russell Martin delivered the game winner in the seventh. Things got a little dicey for Mo in the ninth, but he escaped preserving a 4-2 win. More importantly for the Yanks, they proved that they could beat Boston’s ace in Boston’s building. It’s no secret that the Red Sox have had success against CC this year, so this was a huge, confidence building win in my book.

This Sums Up AJ's Year

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The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins tonight by a final score of 8-1. Phil Hughes dominated (more on that below) as he could suddenly be the leader in the clubhouse to start Game #2 of the ALDS for the Yankees. With the win, the Yanks move to 76-47 on the season.


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The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees by a score of 5-4 this evening. Per usual, the starter (Bartolo Colon) gave up multiple earned runs while the bullpen shut it down, but tonight the offense wasn’t able to provide a bail out. With the loss, the Yankees move to 74-47 on the season and remain a half game up on the Red Sox in the division with their afternoon loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

I need a pitcher - Ed Zurga, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals by a score of 9-7 this evening. Ivan Nova got the win after the bullpen got the final eleven Royals out, and Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Russell Martin all picked up multiple RBIs. With the win, the Yankees move to 74-46 on the season and are a half game up on the Red Sox in the division

Not sure what's going on here / AP, Charlie Riedel

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The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays tonight by a score of 5-4. AJ  Burnett lacked any sort of command, but still ended up with a no decision, while David Robinson got a much deserved win. With the victory, the Yanks are now 56-37 on the season and inch closer to the Red Sox.

Derek Reaching - J. Meric, Getty Images


Sabathia 5.1 8 4 3 4 6
Cobb 6 3 2 1 3 4

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The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees last night by a final score of 7-1. The anemic Yankee offense could only muster seven hits while leaving eight runners on base. With the loss, the Yanks drop to 53-37 on the season.

Not Your Night, Freddy - Abelimages/Getty Images

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Ho hum. Another day, another Yankee win. The Yankees beat the Brewers tonight, 5-2 as they have won 14 of their last 18 games. AJ Burnett went seven strong, surrendering two runs en route to his eighth victory. Burnett’s fastball and curve looked great tonight. Hopefully, he can piece together quality starts. D-Rob and Mo locked down the last two, as usual. Russell Martin hit a three-run bomb (his tenth) as part of a four-run fourth. Martin hadn’t homered in 69 at-bats, so it was nice to see him go deep. Hip Hip Jorge also hit a solo blast (his ninth) that was reviewed and confirmed by the umps. Jorgie is hitting .390 in June so he’s been putting in work. Other than that, the Yankees only had six hits, but used the long-ball to pace their victory. The club moves to 47-31 overall and has a 2.5 game lead over the Red Sox in the division. The Yankees will give the ball to CC tomorrow as they go for the matinée sweep. They will have to take down the Wolf Pack. This team is playing so well right now that a sweep would seem fitting as the Big Man goes for his MLB leading 11th win.

Thursday, 1:05 PM: Randy Wolf (6-4, 3.20 ERA) vs. CC Sabthia (10-4, 3.25 ERA)

For you New Jersey NYSOS readers, Derek Jeter will make a rehab start in Double A Trenton on Saturday. I’m sure tickets are gone by now, but you can try. Speaking of Trenton, Phil Hughes threw 6.1 scoreless today for the Thunder (maintaining a velocity around 94 MPH) and Brian Cashman indicated that Hughes is on pace to start July 4th in Cleveland. Huuuuuuuughes.