The more I watch the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals play, the more I realize that the 2011 Bombers were truly molded to win this postseason.
With only five games down and at most two left to play, the Rangers are looking to close this WS out after taking a 3-2 lead over the Cardinals. The Rangers won this unexciting Game 5 by a score of 4-2.
When this revelation really dawned on me was after viewing the Rangers and Cardinals make a slugfest dull in Game 3, that the Yankees could have beaten both these teams. I mean the Bombers beat the Rangers 7-2 in regular season games, and even if the Rangers win the whole shebang, I am still not buying it.
I recognize how totally outlandish this theory is based on the Yankees early exit from the ALDS, as they lost a heart wrenching Game 5 to the Tigers but that was the Bombers at their worst.
The Yankees bats were all out of sorts because when a team has one or two opportunities to tie a game and fail that is getting outplayed. It is different when a team strands a total of 12 men on base, as that my friend is choking.
By no means am I taking away from the Tigers performance, as Detroit was playing at the top of their game. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that the Yankees were not.
So, how can I say that an eliminated team is built to win the World Series?
Well, anyone with a brain would realize that the Rangers and Cardinals are not winning off dominant starting pitching; instead they are disarming opponents with their powerful bats and shutdown bullpens.
And what were the Yankees biggest strengths all season long, hitting and relief pitching.
The Yankee hitters had the most home-runs with 222 and walks with 627 in baseball during the regular season; they ranked second
in both RBIs with 836, and runs with 867. Even the bottom of the batting order did not give a pitcher room for the slightest error and that is after having to pitch through Jeter, Granderson, Teixeira, A-rod and Cano.
And the Yankees bullpen had the second most saves in the AL with 47; gave up the second least amount of runs with 183; held batters to a .239 average which ranked third lowest and landed fifth in total strikeouts with 450. Also, no one can argue that the Yankees David Robertson wasn’t the best set-up man, or 8th inning arm in the game, as he was by a long shot.
Maybe if this World Series featured one exciting team I wouldn’t be day dreaming so much because the Yankees did shit-the-bed when it mattered most.
Last season the San Francisco Giants were fun to watch, even if the majority of the country didn’t agree. I think most baseball fans would concur that this year lacks luster and about everything else.
You know there is problems when listening to Joe Buck confess his love for Michael Young is the more exhilarating than the two teams playing; also I think McCarver nodded-off for a second there during Game 4.
Ok, that is enough of my could-a, should-a or would-a because the Yankees didn’t and I am fine with keeping baby in the corner.
This could be my official goodbye to 2011 season (but not promising anything), as I think anyone with a pulse is looking forward to 2012. Honestly, I love watching the World Series, but for the first time I took a break opting for some Sunday NFL games, and my G-men had a bye-week so that is bad.
Look, I expect lots to go on this off-season, which for me involves beseeching the rich teams owners’ to spend enough money so the World Series gets it swagger back again; please note this message is for the Red Sox, Phillies, Angels, Dodgers, either of the Chicago teams (or Marlins now), the Mets (yea right!)…. but all pending that God-forbid the Yankees choke-it-up again. I am joking…kind-of!!
- 2012 MLB Free Agents: Where Will the Top 20 Starting Pitchers Go? (bleacherreport.com)
- Cardinals vs. Rangers: C.J. Wilson Has World Series on His Shoulders in Game 5 (bleacherreport.com)
- 2011 WS Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Who Could Face The New York Yankees In October (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, Josh Hamilton, Excuses And Excuses (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- 2011 WS Preview: Texas Rangers (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- 2011 WS Rangers vs. Cardinals: Impartial Prediction (ladylovespinstripes.com)