After being ranked on Major League Baseball’s final 2019 regular season power rankings, the New York Yankees are on top of the other 29 teams in this new year’s rankings so far. Next to them, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, and the Washington Nationals.
It’s not a surprise that the New York Yankees were given this spot after fixing their biggest problem from last season – starting pitching. The acquisition and signing of star Gerrit Cole sent the Yankees right to the top and made them heavy favorites to at least win the pennant and win the 2020 World Series.
The expected Yankee lineup from top to bottom also shows just how dangerous the team will be next year. Of course, nothing is guaranteed but slugging 306 home runs while having 30 injuries is definitely a positive.
The rotation has been strengthened as well. Luis Severino will be in full swing of things this upcoming season as he returns from his long injury stint, and Cole, of course, makes a huge impact. If James Paxton can pitch the way he did last year during the second half of the season, the Yankees will arguably be in the top three best rotations in baseball.
Besides the signing of Cole and having the lineup back to being healthy, the Yankees have also changed their training staff. With 30 injuries last season, something had to be done and it was taken care of. It’s believed that this new leadership will help keep the team on the field and off the IL.
There’s plenty of things to be excited about heading into the 2020 season, and this power ranking definitely gets fans hopes up. However, baseball is a humbling sport and anything can happen.