2019 New York Yankees Season & Betting Preview

New York Yankees

Key Additions:

James Paxton

DJ LeMahieu

Adam Ottavino

Troy Tulowitski

Key Losses:

Andrew McCutchen

David Robertson

2018 Recap:

Lost to the Rival Red Sox 3-1 in the ALDS

2019 Preview:

The Yanks still won 100 games last year even though Aaron Judge missed 50 games. Aaron Judge still hit 27 homeruns and missed 50 games. The offense wasn’t a question for the Yankees last year as they ranked #2 in the league scoring 5.22 runs per game. The lineup won’t be a question going into this season either with a fully healthy group and more experience at the big league level for some of their younger guys. The question mark of this ball club will be the pitching staff unless they bring in another starting pitcher who is relevant during the season (or sign Dallas Kuechel in the next week). The projected rotation looks like this Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and CC Sabthia. Severino and Sabathia are both dealing with injuries and it doesn’t look like they will be ready to start the season. Not good for Sabathia at his age to be starting off with an injury. The Yanks will turn to Domingo German and Luis Cessa to fill in for now and both of them finished with an ERA over 5 last season so make sure you are betting the early season overs when those guys are taking the mound in Yankee Stadium. The starting rotation may be a question mark for the Yanks but one thing that’s not is the bullpen. This may be one of the best bullpens of all time, yeah I said it. Dellin Betances, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Aroldis Chapman. If this team has a lead going into the 7th inning, the game is basically going to be over this year. I know Britton and Chapman have had control issues in the past but overall they are lights out. It’s World Series or bust for this Yankees team so don’t be surprised for them to make a major trade for a big time pitcher mid season.

Betting Preview:

Win total 96.5 - Over. Regardless of the pitching, if this lineup stays healthy all season they could legitimately average 6 runs per game and when you are scoring that many runs per game you’re going to win a lot of games. There will be battles against the division rival Red Sox but they will still get to rack up wins against the weak Orioles and Blue Jays.

World Series Odds 6/1 - As I’ve stated above, I trust the offense but I’m not sold on the pitching. With that said, I know the Yankees are desperate to win and I expect them to make the moves necessary to get that pitching rotation where it needs to be to compete in October. Bottom line, the Yankees are going to be one of the best teams in the league and they will be one of the five teams I put $1,000 on to win the World Series before the season starts.