The Yankees will be playing their first regular season game of 2018 later today and the Unhinged Yankees staff has you covered with their season predictions.
It is finally baseball season once again, even though the weather may not seem like it is, it is. The Yankees are heading into this season as one of the favorites to win it all and while some believe it is possible, some do not.
Here at Unhinged Yankees, we have a very diverse group of writers who have different opinions regarding how the upcoming season will play out.
Let’s take a look at what they think:
Patrick Hennessy, Founder
This is going to quite a season for the New York Yankees, for the first time in quite a while they have a target on their backs once again. It is a brand new team with rookie manager Aaron Boone and a new look lineup. As much success as they will have they will also face a fair amount of struggles as well.
However, they will still win the American League East and I believe that this is the year they win it all for the first time since 2009. Yes, I said it, the New York Yankees will win the 2018 World Series.
Cristian Rabinowitz, Editor
The New York Yankees were the team everyone around the baseball world was talking about this offseason, due to the addition of N.L MVP Giancarlo Stanton and rightfully so. But being the talk of the MLB isn’t what teams strive for its success on the field and that’s exactly what the Yankees will do this coming season. New manager Aaron Boone will fit right into this young fun and exciting lineup leading the Yankees to another postseason berth.
The Bronx Bombers will once again show up in the playoffs big time and complete what they couldn’t do last year, and that’s making the World Series. They will go on to beat their cross-town rival New York Mets 4-2 and lift the elusive World Series trophy for the first time since 2009.
Curtis Kiely, Contributor
With the addition of Giancarlo Stanton and a full season of Sonny Gray, the Yankees are better than the team that won 91 games last year. If the Yankees stay healthy, this is a 95 win team.
Bryan Pol, Contributor
The New York Yankees will finish 91-71 on the season as AL East champions, finishing behind Houston for the best record in the league. Giancarlo Stanton will become the second player in baseball history to win both the AL and NL MVP, the first ever to do it in back-to-back seasons when he takes the AL award in 2018, largely on the strength of leading the AL in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, and homers while hitting between Judge and Sanchez for a majority of the season.
Luis Severino will finish second in AL Cy Young voting, becoming the first Yankee to win 20 games since Mike Mussina, thanks in part to ultimately turning his no-decisions into victories behind a deep lineup and a stout bullpen. Gleyber Torres will be huge down the stretch but will miss Rookie of the Year eligibility in time to be in the running for the award in 2019. The Yankees will exact revenge on the Astros in the ALCS and go on to win the World Series against the Chicago Cubs, a rematch of the 1932 Fall Classic, in seven games.
C.J. Esposito, Contributor
The Yankees are better than they were last year and last year they won 91 games. They have added Stanton, Neil Walker, and Brandon Drury to replace Starlin Castro, Todd Frazier, and Chase Headley. They also get a full season of Sonny Gray, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle.
That being said, Greg Bird is hurt, C.C. is a year older, Jordan Montgomery could regress, Aaron Judge could regress, the Red Sox are better, and the Orioles are better. It’s not going to be a walk in the park, but barring more injuries, the Yankees should win the division.
Shelley Tamasi, Contributor
Expectations are extremely high for the 2018 New York Yankees. And why not as they advanced to the 7th game of the ALCS last season and added NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and a few other needed players for depth. Now with the recent surgery and loss of first baseman Greg Bird, those acquisitions will definitely make an impact while he’s recovering and rehabbing. Aaron Judge, Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and the rest of the team will cause nightmares among opposing pitchers. Take that to the bank.
Also, a sure bet will be that the Yankees will win the AL East with a record of 102-63. The pitching staff that finished fifth in MLB in 2017 with a team ERA of 3.72 will improve and carry them through a tough ALCS with the 2017 World Series Champion, Houston Astros. The pitching and bats will enable the Yankees to capture the American League pennant. The American League champions will then go on to prevail over the Chicago Cubs in five games to be named World Champions for the 28th time in team history. Make those bets now and book your seats in the Canyon of Heroes. The parade will be held there this fall for the 2018 New York Yankees.
Paraskevas Xenophontos, Contributor
Taylor Harp, Contributor
Nick Perrone, Contributor
There are high expectations for the Yankees for the 2018 season. I have put together a few bold predictions that would be great to see this season. One is that I predict for Gary Sanchez to hit .300+ with 40+ home runs. Another is that Sonny Gray will accumulate 17 wins in the 2018 regular season.
Also, I predict that Neil Walker will be the postseason hero this year. The Yankees will finish off the season a record of 103-59. Lastly, even more of a bold prediction I am guessing that the Yankees win the World Series in six games and at least one of the four wins will be with a walk-off home run.