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2018 MLB Lines - New York Yankees Betting Preview

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The Evil Empire is back. With the trade for the contract of Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees showed that—despite the self-imposed financial restrictions—the Yankees are capable of flashy moves that most of baseball cannot match.

With the addition of Stanton, the Yankees now have both the AL and NL home run leaders on a team that lead baseball in longballs in 2017. There’s plenty of power on this team, both in the lineup and in the bullpen. First time managed Aaron Boone surely is in an enviable position. With plenty of depth in the minors, the Yankees seem well insulated against a rash of injuries, too. It’s hard to image a scenario where the Yankees aren’t playing well into October. For better or worse, the Bronx Bombers are back to their dominant ways.

New York Yankees MLB Betting

2017 Record: 91-71

2017 Moneyline Record: -1.00 Units

2017 Over/Under Total Record: 83-76-10

Current World Series Odds: +602

Current Odds To Win AL: +300

Current Odds To Win AL East: -153

Regular Season Win Total: 94.5

2018 New York Yankees Season Outlook

Aside from the Houston Astros, the Yankees are the favorites in the American League and have a regular season over/under on the win total at 94.5, a full dozen wins higher than the number set leading into 2017.

To start last year, New York was in a rebuilding mode, focusing on youth. Just one year later, they’re fresh off a Game 7 loss in the ALCS and have added to the roster with acquisitions of Giancarlo Stanton and Brandon Drury to be even better in 2018.

While the Yankees are no longer in rebuilding mode, they are still not back to the George Steinbrenner days of an unlimited payroll. GM Brian Cashman played some serious payroll gymnastics to keep New York under the luxury tax threshold while also brining in Stanton, bringing back C.C. Sabathia and maintaining the best bullpen in the league.

Of course, the Yankees still have some hefty contracts on the books, but trading away Chase Headley and shedding several expiring contracts has helped the Yankees to be a bit more financially streamlined. As a result, they’re now able to duck under the tax threshold and reset in time for a big splash in the loaded 2018-2019 free agent class.

While that may be the offseason target, the Yankees are still fully focused on winning in 2018 and the roster is still stacked, even with a financial limitation that’s foreign to this financial behemoth.

The Yankees surprised most in winning 91 games in 2017. The team got better as the year went on and offseason additions Stanton and Drury could make this team even better in 2018.

Offensively, the lineup is stacked. Drury’s addition gives the team an answer at either second or third, leaving the other position open for a prospect. Gleybar Torres and Miguel Andujar are each highly rated prospects that could win the position either in Spring Training or later in the year. Others like Danny Espinosa, Jace Peterson, Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes give the team plenty of options.

Beyond that single hole, the lineup is stacked. Aaron Judge, Stanton, Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez form a dynamic heart of the order, easily able to combine for 160 homers. Judge and Stanton each hit more than 50 last year. Sanchez, meanwhile, hit 33 bombs in just 122 games while Bird was injured much of the year, but swung the bat very well in the postseason.

Beyond those four, Brett Gardner is still a useful player atop the order while Didi Gregorius was arguably the best overall hitter in October for the Bronx Bombers last year.

There’s no question, the lineup will score runs. After all, this is a team that hit a MLB leading 241 homers last year and scored 858 runs, second only to Houston. They’ve since added the NL MVP in Giancarlo Stanton after a 1.007 OPS, 59 homers and 132 RBIs.

On the mound, the Yankees are no slouches either. They were hoping to upgrade the rotation, but the staff remains much the same as the one to close out 2017. They brought back Sabathia as a veteran stabilizer and have Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray all as top-of-the-rotation talents. Jordan Montgomery, meanwhile, had a massively underrated 2017 with a 3.88 ERA in 155.1 innings; and he’s the No.5 starter.

The rotation is better than it really needs to be given the depth in the bullpen. Aroldis Chapman may be a bit overrated as a closer. He was good, but not great in 2017 with a 3.22 ERA and 22 saves. He has plenty of speed and swing-and-miss in his game, but was hittable from time to time. Still, he’s a reliable closer and he has a very deep pen bridging the gap to him. David Robertson, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle were all nearly unhittable at times in 2017. Dellin Betances struggles with command some, but he’s got the best strikeout rate and stuff of everyone with 14.1 Ks per nine in 2017. Sprinkle in Adam Warren and Chase Shreve and it really is an embarrassment of riches.

This is a deep, deep roster with plenty of minor league depth. The Yankees are poised for another long run of success and the 2017 ALCS showing was just the start. Yes, there is a hole in the infield and yes, there are questions around guys like Bird, Hicks and others, but this team is loaded with talent.

Major League Baseball Teams

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST TEAM CITY STADIUM
Baltimore Orioles Baltimore, Maryland Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Boston Red Sox Boston, Massachusetts Fenway Park
New York Yankees New York City, New York Yankee Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg, Florida Tropicana Field
Toronto Blue Jays Toronto, Ontario Rogers Centre
CENTRAL Chicago White Sox Chicago, Illinois Guaranteed Rate Field
Cleveland Indians Cleveland, Ohio Progressive Field
Detroit Tigers Detroit, Michigan Comerica Park
Kansas City Royals Kansas City, Missouri Kauffman Stadium
Minnesota Twins Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Field
WEST Houston Astros Houston, Texas Minute Maid Park
Los Angeles Angels Anaheim, California Angel Stadium
Oakland Athletics Oakland, California Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Seattle Mariners Seattle, Washington Safeco Field
Texas Rangers Arlington, Texas Globe Life Park in Arlington
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST Atlanta Braves Atlanta, Georgia SunTrust Park
Miami Marlins Miami, Florida Marlins Park
New York Mets New York City, New York Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Citizens Bank Park
Washington Nationals Washington, D.C. Nationals Park
CENTRAL Chicago Cubs Chicago, Illinois Wrigley Field
Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati, Ohio Great American Ball Park
Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee, Wisconsin Miller Park
Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PNC Park
St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis, Missouri Busch Stadium
WEST Arizona Diamondbacks Phoenix, Arizona Chase Field
Colorado Rockies Denver, Colorado Coors Field
Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles, California Dodger Stadium
San Diego Padres San Diego, California Petco Park
San Francisco Giants San Francisco, California AT&T Park

New York Yankees Upcoming Schedule

March 29-April 1: at Toronto Blue Jays

April 2-4: vs Tampa Bay Rays

April 5-8: vs Baltimore Orioles

April 10-12: at Boston Red Sox

April 13-15: at Detroit Tigers

April 16-17: vs Miami Marlins

April 19-22: vs Toronto Blue Jays

April 23-26: vs Minnesota Twins

April 27-29: at Los Angeles Angels

April 30-May 3: at Houston Astros

As is normal, the Yankees have a lot of head-to-head series against fellow AL East division rivals, including sparking the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry early with a trip to Fenway Park for the fourth series of the year. While the series against Boston could be a nice precursor to a season long back-and-forth between the two teams at the top of the AL East, perhaps the best test in April comes in its final days when the Yankees get a rematch of the ALCS with a four came series against the Houston Astros that bleeds into May.

Most oddsmakers consider the Yankees and Astros as the front-runners to represent the American League in the World Series. Obviously, a full season stands in the way. During the first month, there’s a series against each AL East foe. The Twins and Angels also represent potential playoff clubs.

One other intriguing matching of the season’s first month is between the Marlins and Yankees. The Yankees get to host Derek Jeter’s squad while showcasing what the Fish’s former slugger and reigning NL MVP looks like in pinstripes.

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