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Five Bold Predictions for the New York Yankees

  1.  Jeter’s Career will end in the Postseason: Derek Jeter has missed the playoffs exactly twice in his big league career, with 2014 being his last season, there will not be a third.  The Yankees will win a wild card, finishing second to the Rays in the AL East.  The Bronx Bombers will score more runs in 2014 than 2013 and be bolstered by a deep and underrated rotation.
  2. Masahiro Tanaka wins AL ROY: There has been a lot backlash by the writers who vote for Rookie of the Year against Japanese players but the fact remains they are eligible for the award.  If Tanaka’s spring is any indication of things to come, then Yankee opponents are in trouble  because he is the real deal
  3. CC Sabathia wins 17 games: Much has been made about the decline in velocity of CC’s fastball and his major weight loss over the last year.  He is also coming off the worst season of his career.  But lost in the shuffle is the fact that Sabathia has remade himself as a pitcher this spring.  He worked with Andy Pettitte and has developed a cutter and relied more on location and control over velocity.  Velocity is a red herring when used to gauge how good a pitcher can be.  Yankee fans will remember Mike Mussina winning 20 games after he lost nearly all the velocity on his fastball and being called out by Hank Steinbrenner.  Oh and by the way, Sabathia just had the camp of his career sporting a 1.29 ERA in 21 innings with 16 punchouts.
  4. David Robertson leads AL in saves: David Robertson will pick up right where Mariano Rivera left off for the Yankees, making his second All-Star team and lead the American League in saves.  Robertson has all the tools to be a successful closer in the majors and if he played for any other team or was replacing any other closer, it would simply be a natural progression of the bullpen.  However, when you are replacing a legend, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt.  This season Drob proves his doubters wrong.
  5. Alex Rodriguez does something ridiculous: Ok, this is not so much a bold prediction as much as a sure thing and thinly veiled attempt by this writer at a reverse jinx.  However, history shows us that Arod will do something or say something or get caught doing something that will then monopolize all of baseball for four days as we dissect how much of a joke he is at this point.