All good things must come to an end, and the New York Yankees reign of terror over the American League East will finally come to a screeching halt in 2013. Although it’s only January, I am ready to completely write off the Yankees this season. It’s a bit premature, sure, but I just cannot see how they are able to make the playoffs.
Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of the Toronto Blue Jays and rightfully so. Unless they get destroyed by injuries again, Toronto should cruise to a division title with their improved squad. And even if the Blue Jays falter, the Tampa Bay Rays are still better than the Yankees heading into 2013, especially given their amazing pitching staff.
Fact of the matter is: the Yankees are just getting old. Outside of Robinson Cano, every player they have is declining or coming off injury. In the declining category, there is Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki. And for those that fall into the injury category, there is Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and Derek Jeter, with Alex Rodriguez falling into both of those categories. The writing is on the wall for an eventual Yankees’ failure, so it’s up to them if they want to ignore Father Time at the door.
Before the 2012 season, I predicted that the Boston Red Sox would finish the season under .500. At the time, my prediction received some heat, but I just couldn’t see a way that they would have finished with a solid record. While I don’t see the Yankees finishing under .500, I feel the same way about them as I did about Boston last season. I just cannot see a way in which they sit atop of the AL East at season’s end.
Only time will tell, and the Yankees definitely need time on their side.