How would the statics look if from Aug 1 on? Defense and ERA have to put us in the hunt. Hitting/Runs scored had to take a jump too. We won 93 games with some major holes in the 1st half. We were near the worst in the league at LF,3b, 1b, and lead offbefore making adjustments..
Also, when looking at who wont perform like last year we dont have too many guys that over-acheived ecspecially in the everyday line up...Maybe CDavis but I think most of us believe he will get even better..NM was out alot, Wieters wasnt awesome with the bat, AJ will be just as good at least..most of the rest kind of under perfomed.
Our pitching depth will allow us to make up for underperformers or injuries next year. In fact, I think it will improve due to a few stepping up who we have been waiting on.
Plus we have to trust in DD/Buck...If they come close to the impact they made this year, next year will be another jump... I really liked our team coming down the stretch when NM was still in the line-up. Very Solid all around and a team that could of went to the WS. I have to believe that DD/Buck will improve that team that ended the year even more.
Barring a major Weiters (and several key others) injury, we will be in the hunt to win the AL East next year.
I also predict that the Yanks wont win 87 games next year.