The State of The Empire: Week 1

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What will 2013 bring to the Bronx?

Two games is too small a sample size. Two games is too small a sample size. Two games is too small a sample size. Two games is too small a sample size.

That’s what I have to keep telling myself.

However, in a season many were already predicting to be the worst in the Bronx in a long time, an 0-2 start against last year’s AL East basement dwellers surely won’t raise anyone’s hope. Especially considering the best offensive player on the team, and newest member of Roc Nation, has yet to register a single hit and the inning eating, run preventing 1-2 punch of CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda has combined to give up 6 runs in just 6 1/3 innings over the first two games. But at least Vernon Wells is off to a hot start (all jokes aside, I have no idea why but I am very optimistic about a Vernon Wells bounce back season).

My reactions and opinions on the Evil Empire tend to come in hyperbolic fashion, and the state of the Yankees clearly won’t be as terrible as it is now after another few days and weeks, even more so when the DL squad starts returning to action, but it’s still hard to be optimistic about this or next season. Not when the Cash Man is dead set on getting under the 2014 luxury tax (rightfully so, this is a move I do agree with for the Yanks’ long term best interests) and so many roster spots and payroll dollars already designated for older, deteriorating players. With very few kids from the farm taking hold on the big league roster in recent seasons (speedy-when-healthy Brett Gardner and part time infielder Eduardo Nunez are the closest guys there have been to an offensive prospect working out for the Yankees since Robinson Cano) and the best prospects in the system only in Double A ball, there really doesn’t seem to be any immediate help from within either.

That last point – the lack of youth on the Major League roster or Big League ready prospects on the farm – is only hammered home even further by looking at the opposing team’s dazzling new left fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., who just seems to keep being in the right place at the right time to make big plays, somewhat reminiscent of another rookie season almost 20 years ago (I don’t know if I’ve ever felt older than after typing that sentence).

But, as I started out by saying, two games is of course way too soon to start going crazy. We’ll see if the Yanks can turn it around and avoid the sweep tonight in their final tilt with the Sawx for now (I’m going to the game, so they really have to) before heading on to Detroit for what is sure to be another agonizing three game series. Either way, I look forward to celebrating and/or commiserating the state of the Bronx Bombers with you here every Thursday for the rest of the season.

Bonus Content! This probably should have been written already, but the season’s still very young so I’m putting these out there now. Here are some predictions for the end of what will surely be a long, crazy, and highly entertaining season.

AL MVP: Evan Longoria (…if he stays healthy).
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (again).
AL Rookie of the Year: Jackie Bradley Jr. (I feel dirty).

NL MVP: Joey Votto (too good, too smart).
NL Cy Young: Matt Cain (too consistent).
NL Rookie of the Year: Shelby Miller (finally).

AL East: Tampa Bay Rays
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
AL West: Texas Rangers
AL Wild Card #1: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
AL Wild Card #2: Cleveland Indians (2013’s Sleeper)
ALCS: Rays over Tigers

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Cincinnati Reds
NL West: San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card #1: Atlanta Braves
NL Wild Card #2: St. Louis Cardinals
NLCS: Reds over Nationals

World Series: Reds over Rays

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