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McAdam: 2019 MLB preview and predictions – AL East showdown

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The 2019 MLB season gets underway Thursday. With that in mind, here's some bold (and a few obvious) predictions to get you ready.

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Yankees. Expectations are high -- naturally -- in the Bronx after a 100-win season only carried the Yankees five games into the postseason. Second-year manager Aaron Boone was outmanaged by his good friend Alex Cora in the ALDS, but generally had a strong rookie season in the dugout. Boone will have plenty of firepower in his lineup, with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton capable of combining for 100 homers. The bullpen is probably the best in the game with closer Aroldis Chapman augmented by a parade of power arms (Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, Dellin Betances). It's doubtful, with a quartet like that, the Yankees will let a lot of late-inning leads slip away. But the rotation isn't nearly as stable, with