New York Yankees: Luis Severino
After acquiring Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a whopping 59 home runs while driving in 132 home runs in 2017, it’s safe to say the Yankees have the best power-hitting lineup in the American League.
With the Boston Red Sox on just about the same level as the Bronx bombers, the American League East should be one of the more fun races to watch. The Blue Jays and Orioles could be decent, but neither of those teams are anywhere close to the talent of Boston and New York.
The Yankees’ pitching staff will be led by Luis Severino, who had a major breakout year in 2017. In 31 starts, he went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 193 1/3 innings of work. He looked good in a small sample size his rookie season in 2015, but the following year he went through a sophomore slump. He was eventually bumped out of the rotation and relegated to a bullpen role.
At just 24 years old, he could continue to improve. He’s got some heat as well. Aroldis Chapman isn’t the only Yankee who can throw 100 miles per hour, either. Severino routinely hit 100 MPH on the gun and averaged 97.7 on his fastball in 2017.
With Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka also in the mix, the Yankees’ rotation will be tough to deal with for opposing American League teams. If Severino picks up where he left off, he’ll be the ace of a dangerous Yankees team. One that is set up to make a deep postseason run.