New York Yankees: 2024 Season Preview

There are two compelling reasons for 2024 Yankees optimism. One is Juan Soto with a short right field porch, and the second is.. well… it can’t be as ugly as last year, right?

All for Juan and Juan for all!

That ugly year for the Yankees still left them with an above .500 record (82-80), but it was only good for fourth in their division. There were the freak injuries to Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton batting under the Mendoza line, and even a perfect game that left a bad taste in the mouth. Gerrit Cole’s Cy Young Award was certainly something to celebrate, but fans of the Bombers are wanting more this year and there’s reason to believe they’ll get it.

Juan Soto is the headline in the hope department. He’s the ‘of course the Yankees got that guy’ guy that the Yankees haven’t actually seemed to get in a while. It’s the kind of star trade that rightfully annoyed fans of small market teams and left Yankees fans spoiled throughout the early 2000’s. He’s a monster hitter entering his prime and hitting beside Judge should lead to explosive nights in the Bronx.

While we don’t know if he’ll be a Yankee for life or a Yankee for rent, we know we’re excited to see this guy hit.

Along with Soto comes another solid lefty hitter in a contract year, Alex Verdugo, and a solid defender in Trent Grisham. Former All-Star Marcus Stroman was the big signing to bolster the rotation that finished 18th in ERA last year.

One to Watch

Switch hitting 21-year-old Jasson Domínguez looked dangerous in his eight game stretch in the big leagues last year, and when he comes back from Tommy John surgery this summer, he could also make an impact.

The fresh faces look great, but will it be enough? The older, injury-ridden sluggers, like Rizzo and Stanton, might continue to be older and injury-ridden at this point in their careers. On top of this, the division is still as intimidating as ever. The young Orioles should only be better, the Jays are expecting to win 90 games, and the Rays are a legit force even if they don’t start the season 14-0 again this year.

2024 prediction

Overall, I’m predicting the Yankees to take a top two spot in the East and make the playoffs. Yes, Gerrit Cole is already out for multiple weeks, but the bullpen should remain elite, the rotation good enough, and with average health, they’ll be competing with the Braves to hit the most home runs in the league.

They’re not a lock to be great and they may want to add another arm for a postseason run, but the Yankees faithful are excited, and they should be.

Sam Dougherty is a guest writer for Bat Flips and Nerds. If you want to write for us, get in touch and pitch us an article!

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