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Why the Yankees won't repeat

Mar 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

The Yankees look good, but they can be beat this year. Easy? No. Only a precise hit will set up a chain reaction and the shaft is ray-shielded, so you’ll have to use proton torpedoes, but FOX’s Dayn Perry says it can be done:

So the Yankees are bound to repeat, right?

No, actually
they’re not. Sure, the Yankees must be regarded as the favorites, but
the multitude of Yankee haters out there will be pleased to know
there’s hope for a toppled empire. Indeed, here are four reasons that a
Yankee championship in 2010 is not to be assumed . . .

Short version: luck, age, a tough division and the notion that they may not have been as good last year as their record suggested all work against them, however, slightly in 2010.

Impossible you say? It’s not impossible. I used to bull’s-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home, so certainly the Rays can beat the Yankees, right?

  1. Old Gator - Mar 5, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    What you’re not telling them is that T-16s can hover and womp rats are the size of capybaras. And the Borg outfield is nothing to gasp at. They can be had as they are, but don’t count on them to start the season with that comparatively anemic bunch out there.

  2. Joey B - Mar 5, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    I think it’ll be the same as Schilling said back in 2007. Whoever gets the most starts from their regularly scheduled starting 5 will win.

  3. Porkins - Mar 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    The Yankees repeating is typical Inner Rim bias. If the writers could manage to stay up later than 10:00 they’d realize there are a lot of good teams playing outside the Galactic Empire.

  4. SouthofHeaven - Mar 5, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Now witness the FIRE POWER of this FULLY ARMED and OPERATIONAL baseball team! Fire at will commander!

  5. Porkins - Mar 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    It will be interesting to see if the rest of the AL East can repel firepower of that magnitude.

  6. Ace - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    I like your reasoning Craig, but doesn’t this just mean the Yankees will strike back and win the Series in 2011? And then Evan Longoria will have to go on the DL with a severed right hand, which you hate to see.

  7. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    And it’s my understanding that when you outscore your opponent, you usually win. Could be wrong on that one.

  8. Andy H. - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Yes, but then in 2012, A-Rod will throw Jeter off of the upper level and then join the Rays.

  9. YankeesfanLen - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Unless I’m missing something and there will be six-inning games this year, in which case the opposition will think they have it in the bag, the 1,000 run scoring reigning World Champions, with their bullpen fortified will prevail in 2010.
    Re: Outfield-Anyone catch the Wed. game where Aceves was tossing grapefruits and Gardner and Granderson were coming up with them?

  10. Joey B - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    “And it’s my understanding that when you outscore your opponent, you usually win. Could be wrong on that one.”
    I’ve heard that as well, but I’ve also heard that outscoring your opponent often times has something to do with having better pitching.

  11. geek - Mar 5, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    The season has not started. Spring training is American Idol. There is a difference between a team versus baseball fan. It is difficult not to pick the Yankees to win the AL East after that you have short series where anything can happen. If you looked at the Met’s last year, injuries killed them and they lacked the depth to compensate. The Yankees have talent and depth. It is difficult not to see 99 wins or greater. Boston as always will be tough but NY appears to have a stronger team and should be picked to repeat. I see no weak spots, no holes to fill nor the loss of Damon or Matsui an issue.

  12. Joe - Mar 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Geek, I am a Yankees fan and believe we have good depth off the bench, but no team, and I mean no team, has the amount of depth to recover from what the Mets suffered in 09. They had close to 20 players spend time on the DL IIRC. They went through devastating losses with just Reyes and Delgado alone. 4/5 of the starting rotation was on the DL for months with Johan, Maine, Ollie, and Neise all missing significant time. I don’t think we would be contending without Jeter, Tex, and 4/5 of the starting rotation.

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