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Akshita Patel

Major Reasons Why New York Yankees Will Not Win This Year’s World Series Title

The New York Yankees, who remains one of the most successful sporting franchises in the world, have won 27 World Series titles in the past few decades. However, the team has witnessed a downfall since 2009. It’s been 13 years since the New York-based team has fallen short of the ultimate title. While the Yankees are historically known as a powerhouse in Major League Baseball, there are several reasons why they may fall short of winning the World Series in 2023. Despite their talented roster and rich baseball tradition, the following factors could hinder their championship aspirations this season.

Daunting Injury Crisis

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May 3, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader (22) reacts after colliding with shortstop Anthony Volpe (11) and left fielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa (12) on a ball hit by Cleveland Guardians pinch hitter Oscar Gonzalez (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium.

Injuries are part and parcel of almost all sports globally, let alone baseball. However, in baseball, excessive injuries can foil any team’s championship campaign. The same could most likely be the case with New York Yankees this year. Even before the season commenced, the team’s IL was filled with big names. On top of that, as the season progressed, the Bombers’ worst fears came true. Key players who were expected to guide the team to victories serve valuable time on IL. The list included formidable hitters Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and key starters Carlos Rodon and Luis Severino. While Judge returned last week, the others are nowhere to be seen. Hence, if the current trend continues for a few more months, the Yankees campaign could end sooner than previously anticipated.

   

Strong Competition From AL-East

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The Rays’ Isaac Paredes, right, scores on an RBI sacrifice fly hit by Brandon Lowe in the third inning. The Rays wore hints of pink in honor of Mother’s Day. [ JOHN MINCHILLO | AP ]

East Division has always been one of the toughest groups in American League baseball. For many years, the Yankees ruled the division. However, this season, the tables have turned as the competition has leveled up. As of this writing, the Bombers have slipped to third spot with a record of 26-20, with Tampa Bay Rays claiming the top spot as a result of an impressive record of 32-13. The Rays, Blue Jays, and Orioles have a stronger depth than the Yankees this year which is getting reflected in their overall performance. Hence, the Bronx Bombers need to find ways to edge past the competition. And that can only happen if the team puts together a strong and formidable roster filled with key players who can actually contribute on a constant basis.

The Yankees Are Just Not A Strong Team

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Source: Pinstripe Nation

Prior to the season, fans and analysts alike coined the New York Yankees as the strongest team in the MLB, roster-wise. However, despite having the likes of Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole in the lineup, the team has failed to produce results. There could be many reasons for this. First and foremost, the underperforming veterans, Aaron Hicks, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, have become no less than burdens on the team. They also hinder the growth of the younger generation. Secondly, the in-form players are falling prey to the injury bug, which again puts the team back to square one. The other teams in the league might not have tons of big names, but their performance is making noise. Hence, the Yankees need to rethink their roster formation and find ways to salvage a situation before it gets too late.

While the Yankees have a rich history and a dedicated fan base, the obstacles they face in the above-mentioned areas could prevent them from winning the World Series in 2023. However, baseball is a dynamic sport, and the outcome of a season is never certain. The Yankees have the talent and resources to address these challenges and make a strong push for the championship, but they will need to overcome these obstacles to bring another title to the Bronx.