The New York Yankees quietly had one of the more impressive seasons in recent memory in 2019. While they didn't win the World Series, they did manage to finish with 103 wins and an appearance in the ALCS, all while withstanding more injures than any team in Major League Baseball history.
The Yankees had 30 players appear on the Injured List, the most in MLB history, with those players losing a total of 2,816 days to injury, which was easily the most in 2019. For reference, the next-closest team was the New York Mets, who lost 1,412 days due to injury.
This offseason, they have upgraded their roster by adding Gerrit Cole, who will instantly become the team's ace. The Yankees also get back Luis Severino and former National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, as both missed virtually all of last season.
Despite all that, the Yankees' win total has been set at 101.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
You would be hard pressed to find anyone that thinks the 2020 Yankees got worse on paper. Considering the fact that this oft-injured ball club still managed to win 103 games last season, and made significant upgrades in the offseason, this win total certainly feels low.
Yes, it's hard to win 100 or more games in the MLB, but with this Yankees team, you can't even use the injury excuse. They have already proven they can withstand more injuries than a baseball team has ever seen.
At the end of the day there's on simplistic way to look at this. If a 103-win team added arguably the best starting pitcher in baseball (Cole), plus another ace-level starter (Severino) and a perennial MVP candidate (Stanton), could you possibly think that team is going to get worse the following season?
Well, that's exactly where we sit with the 2020 New York Yankees, so "disrespected" seems like a perfectly fitting description.
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