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Is 2018 The Year Of The Yankees?

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This upcoming season for the New York Yankees should be deemed an exciting one. Coming off of a loss in game seven of the ALCS to the eventual World Series Champion Houston Astros, there should be added motivation to this talented ball club.

The biggest reason New York could potentially bring home a World Series title this year is because of their addition of superstar Giancarlo Stanton, who is being added to an already-dangerous lineup. The ideal hope is that Aaron Judge will pick up right where he left off last year, and then there are other key factors in players such as Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Didi Gregorious. After finishing 2017 with the most home runs in the MLB, there shouldn’t be a doubt that the Yankees will finish towards the top after the upcoming campaign.

One of the biggest trades at the deadline last year was when New York traded for Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, and Todd Frazier. This trade boosted their play in the bullpen, one in which was already deemed elite. With one of the top projected bullpens for the 2018 season, opponents will be forced to score early and often against a particularly shaky Bronx starting rotation.

In one bold sentence, I believe the Yankees will finish finish with a record of 98-64, which could be enough as the top team in the American League, and New York should be able to hold onto home field advantage throughout the postseason.

The way Yankee Stadium is built obviously favors the batter, and with power hitters players on the active roster for the Bronx Bombers, there should be no reason they can’t hold a field day at the plate this year.

Will New York live up to their presented hype? The cards being dealt to them are rather favorable, but this year will be all about execution, as teams such as the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros continue to improve at a rapid pace.

Kim Klement/USA Today Sports

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