Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Confident Yankees ready to rock and roll

I love the confidence coming from the New York Yankees heading into the regular season after a disappointing end to the 2010 campaign.

The good feelings are led by ace CC Sabathia, who picked his Yankees to win the whole kit and caboodle this year even though many observers are predicting that the Yankees will struggle against their archrival Boston Red Sox. For the Yankees to beat the Red Sox and the rest of the American League East, CC is going to have to repeat his 2009 and 2010 performances and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will do exactly that.

Joe Girardi is feeling good about his team too. He cited the monster spring of Alex Rodriguez, the improved, more efficient swing of Derek Jeter and the solid performances by the candidates for the back-end of the rotation as a reason for his optimism. He’s right to feel good about all these guys.

Left unsaid are the question marks surrounding the Yankees, namely whether AJ Burnett can rebound from a horrific 2010 campaign to become the solid starter he was during his first year with the Yankees. AJ has looked pretty good this spring, but he needs to carry those positive vibes into the regular season.

But all in all, I think the Yankees have reason to be optimistic that they can meet the always lofty expectations that their fans have for them, but most importantly, that they have for themselves. The Yankees are ready to rock and roll. Bring on 2011.

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