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2021 Yankees Win Total Bet: How Many Games Will New York Win?
2021 Yankees Wins Over/Under
- Over 95.5 wins (-110)
- Under 95.5 wins (-110)
It seems like the New York Yankees are always in the playoff picture, and that was no different last season. They finished 2020 with a 33-27 record, getting topped only by the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. There’s a saying in sports that some teams do not rebuild, they reload, and that is what the Yankees have done for decades. They have reloaded again this offseason, despite losing a few players, and are expected to be in the mix for the division lead again. They might even be one of the best teams in baseball this year.
The Yankees allowed a few players from 2020 to depart via free agency. James Paxton signed with the Mariners, Masahiro Tanaka elected to return to play baseball in Japan, Tommy Kahnle signed with the Dodgers and J.A. Happ signed with the Twins. Although these veterans left the team, the Yankees made smart trades and signings to more than make up for the voids those players left.
New York added veteran pitcher Corey Kluber in free agency. He hasn’t pitched significant innings since 2018 after being sidelined with a fractured forearm in 2019, followed by a torn muscle in 2020. Prior to those injuries, Kluber won the Cy Young award twice as a member of the Cleveland Indians. He is bringing a career 3.16 ERA and a 9.8 K/9 rate to the Yankees, which will certainly help the Yanks maintain their winning ways. An important note is that advanced ERA metrics like FIP and xFIP also love Kluber – they almost always suggest his ERA is sitting right where it should, or could even be better.
Another pitcher the Yankees acquired during the offseason was Jameson Taillon. They traded several prospects to the Pirates in exchange for Taillon. Similar to Kluber, Taillon is returning from a lengthy injury layoff due to Tommy John’s surgery (his second) and a torn flexor tendon. Although he may be on an innings limit, he’ll bring high upside and a career walk rate near 50 percent, which will help him find success in Yankee Stadium. New York will also have a few in-house pitchers return to the team this season after missing time in 2020. Domingo German will return from being suspended for domestic violence, and Luis Severino may see some time at the end of the season as he returns from Tommy John’s surgery. Pitching prospects Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt should also contribute this season to a very good Yankees team.
As part of their reloading, the Yankees re-signed star second baseman D.J. LeMahieu. There was speculation early in the offseason that LeMahieu could end up in Toronto and that he and the Yankees front office were far apart on a deal, but they figured it out in late January. Bringing LeMahieu back was a major offseason priority for the Yankees and adding him back into the fold will only help the team continue to compete for the division title.
Serious power hitters round out the Yankees lineup. Gary Sanchez might lead the league in strikeouts, but he also might lead catchers in home runs. Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge each have 40-home run potential as long as they stay healthy.
New York has a deep bullpen, with several players who have closing experience. Aroldis Chapman has been one of the best closers in baseball throughout his career. Zack Britton, Chad Green and Darren O’Day should get some saves opportunities. The rest of the pen is a mix of veterans and young players that should combine to maintain plenty of leads for a top-notch rotation.
2021 Yankees Win Total Wager: Under 95.5 wins (-110)
The Yankees should be very good in 2021, but 96 wins is a tall order, especially since Toronto and Boston both improved their rosters, and Tampa remains very talented. The under is the safer bet here.
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