Las Vegas oddsmakers are setting 86.5 wins as the Yankees over/under for 2013. At that rate the Yankees would be lucky to snag a Wild Card spot. THIS SITUATION IS WHAT SOME SPORTSWRITERS HAVE DUBBED "THE YANKEES DOOM WATCH".
Of the pre-season magazines only The Sporting News' baseball Annual is sticking with the traditional logic that you don't bet against the Yankees and the magazine predicts the Yanks wil ltake the A.L. East Division title. The Yankees Brian Cashman has set the goal to remain under the 2014 $189 million dollar limit to avoid heavy penalties both financial and to draft picks the Yankees would forfeit. That means that the Yankees relative "penny pinching" will have to continue into the next offseason as well. One of the manifestations of the tightening of Yankee ownerships wallets is the faCT THAT THE YANKEES WILL BE HEADING INTO THE 2013 SEASON WITHOUT AN ESTABLISHED EVERYDAY MLB CATCHER. Of course putting the Yankees in the unfamiliar role of underdog might be just the motivation for the team to jell and prove the critics wrong. Certainly Derek Jeter will be motivated TO DO JUST THIS AND SO WILL MARIANO RIVERA and Andy Pettitte, WHO are LIKELY headed into their FINAL major leagues SEASONS AND both WILL WANT TO GO OUT WINNERS.
-DENNIS ORLANDINI (philliesfiend55).