The Red Sox spent a lot of money this off-season making their roster better and it is to believe that they are the favorites to win the AL East. But does that make the Yankees “underdogs”?

Mark Teixeira thinks so

“We’re the underdogs this year,” Teixeira said. “I love it. No one is picking us right now. Everyone in here should be looking forward to winning a championship. When you put on the pinstripes that is exactly what your goal should be every year. I think everyone understands that just because the public may not be picking us it doesn’t mean we don’t believe it in here.”

No one is picking the Yankees? First of all, we are not sure anybody has picked anything yet. But if we are going to go that far, let’s look at the odds to win the 2011 World Series. has the Yankees at 13/2, which is only behind the Phillies (13/4) and Red Sox (5/1). Yep, sounds like nobody expects the Yankees to do well this year. That sound you just heard, was our head hitting the desk.

In the meantime, if Teixeira really thinks the Yankees are “underdogs” with a $200 million payroll, then it only means two things: 1) he is admitting he is overpaid; and 2) he thinks his GM is an idiot.



  1. Charles says:

    I actually think that as currently constituted, the Yankees are the 3rd place team in the AL East right now. Of course, "as currently constituted" means not much with them because they can flip their whole roster without blinking. But look at them objectively - they have HUGE rotation questions after Hughes & Sabathia, they have big bullpen questions aside from innings 8 and 9, and they have an age problem. I know Texeira was just talking the typical athlete "nobody expects us to do well and we like it that way" BS line, but he may not be as far off as he seems at first glance.

  2. Joe says:

    Yankees are underdogs to the Red Sox, not the playoffs, both of those are subject of right now. The injury bug can bite the Sox again PLEASE and either one of these bastard teams can trade for a stud or 2. However, for now, I would like to vote for an option not given.... Teixiera is an overpaid idiot and so is his GM.

  3. Don says:

    It is always popular to criticize use to bad mouth the annual losers....Rays have their hands full with the Red Sox & Yankees....
    No matter what the moron (experts) say...Tex knows that!


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