To wit, a Friday New York Post article cited a recent Quinnipiac University poll regarding the preference for the New York baseball teams and it's too close to call, "In the subway series between the Mets and the Yankees, 45 percent support the Amazins from Flushing to 43 percent for the Bronx Bombers — a virtual tie that requires extra innings to settle, a new Quinnipiac University poll released Friday reveals." However, as the numbers move outside the Big Apple they still skew very heavily in the Yanks' favor. Suburbanites and upstaters still embrace the Bronx Bombers as their team of choice by a wide margin.
Gone are days of George Steinbrenner throwing millions upon millions of dollars to buy his way into the post season. Although the Yankee payroll still sits at a lofty $195 million, a lot of that total represents legacy contracts closer to ending than beginning. The Yankees in their own way have their Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce crosses to bear, just more of them. Come 2019 when most are off the books expect them to return to the free spending ways. Let’s take a closer look.
The starting pitching, however, is pretty mediocre and that strong bullpen is likely to get overworked during the course of the year. With improvements in Boston I would expect them to take the division, followed by slugging Toronto and underrated Baltimore, leaving the Yanks and Rays to fight it out for the cellar. Given the relative health of the Yankees over the Rays, I give them the edge for 4th place with the Rays pulling up the rear.