8. Yankees Will Miss Postseason
Some Semi-Bold Predictions Entering the 2009 Season - Joe Posnanski, Sports Illustrated
1. The New York Yankees will miss the playoffs again...
Anyway, Sabathia isn't the reason I think the Yankees will miss the playoffs again. And Joba Chamberlain's sudden and shocking decrease in velocity is not the reason. And the aging of Derek Jeter is not the reason. And the fact that sooner or later Mariano Rivera will either age or be forced to return to his home planet is not the reason. And the sad ballad of A-Rod is not the reason either.
No, the simple reasons are that I think that Tampa Bay will be better than last year. And I think Boston is a more complete team than the Yankees. In my view, those are three of the five best teams in baseball, and one is going to miss the playoffs. I think it will be the Yankees.
It's pretty hard to predict who will make the playoffs at the beginning of April, so we'll cut Posnanski some slack for his bold prediction. But the Yankees not only made the postseason, they won the World Series. Posnanski thought the Rays would be improved in 2009 and beat out the Yankees for the playoffs. Tampa Bay ended the season 19 games behind New York.