Both teams have struggled at the plate this postseason. The Cardinals are hovering at the Mendoza Line with a batting average of .210, but the Red Sox are not far behind posting a .236 BA so far in October.
Looking at the postseason stats is actually quite frightening:
English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For most Yankees fans the memory of signing another Japanese pitcher after the Kei Igawa disaster is terrifying.
In case you don’t know or care not to remember, the Yankees signed Igawa back in 2008 for the $46 million dollars. He lasted 16 games in the Bronx and spent the next five years in the minors.
The Igawa signing is debatably one of the worst made in baseball history, and an experience the Yankees seemed to learn from.
Honestly, after the Yankees did not go after Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish back in 2011, I thought they finally made the smarter and safer choice.
Of course when that was two years ago, when the Yankees farm system had some very promising arms. But between significant injuries and overall lack of big league talent these youngsters cannot be counted on at the moment.
The Yankees starting rotation is a mess as there looks to be three major holes to fill, along with an ace who was ineffective last season.
- Starting with losing Andy Pettitte to retirement, again.