I told you so. No, I’m not talking about the DailySkew Radio Podcast where I predicted the Yankees would beat the Tigers. I’m talking about my August 1, 2011 article, which I also paraphrased on Replacement Level Yankees Weblog (before they banned me for being a “troll”,) Baseball ThinkFactory, and YesNetwork Message boards:
The 2011 Yankees will not win the World Series. What I am about to say may seem like I am contradicting myself, but hear me out. This team is your standard 2001-2007 + 2010 Yankees team- good enough to get into the post-season (most probably via the schlock Wild Card, which means no home-field advantage on the West Coast), fun to watch, has flashes of brilliance, has great and likable players, but is not good enough to go deep into the post-season unless the batters get hot at the same time….
I say this because there are times with the Yankees suck bad with Runners in Scoring Position, just like how the batters choked during the 2010 ALCS. This is the same team, but with a better bullpen.
The 2011 Yankees don’t have that magic like 2009, and can’t seem to dominate with runners in scoring position…The Yankees infield is completely locked in for years and can’t be traded away or cut. In the outfield, only Swisher may be moved next year due to his contract….
Look, there’s nothing wrong with making the playoffs every year via Wild Card, is there? Every GM will tell you it’s a “roll of the dice”. But it gets embarrassing if a team makes it every year and goes home…
Anyway, can Cashman quit after the season and go to the Padres or someplace like that? I think it’s time for a change.
2011 New York Yankees ALCS Heroes
Jorge Posada: Jorge pulled a 1995 Don Mattingly and used all of his energy for his last hurrah. For all of you Jorge haters, he batted .429/.579. Jorge cried in his final post-game interview and walked off.
Robinson Cano: 9 RBI
Brett Gardner: .412/.444, 5 clutch RBI
Most of the Yankees Bullpen: Mariano Rivera, Dave Robertson, Corey Wade, Boone Logan, and Phil Hughes (what bad back?) were solid.
A.J. Burnett: A new post-season legend in the making allowing 1 run in 5.2 innings in an elimination game that all critics and naysayers ripped him for.
Ivan Nova: Snapshot Joe may focus on his 2 inning Game 5 (removed due to injury) but he misses the point. It wasn’t Nova’s fault the Yankees lost 3-2. Nova pitched like an ace in Game 1 in relief and had forearm issues in Game 5.
Honorable mention: Curtis Granderson- his great diving catches saved A.J. Burnett, although he didn’t play like an MVP (.250/.375, 1 HR, 3 RBI).
2011 New York Yankees Goats
Alex Rodriguez: Yes friends, it’s not only that A-Rod batted .111 with 0 HR or that he choked with RISP, but he struck out to make the last out in the 9th inning in a one-run game. Must be those hip/knee/thumb/age/steroids/psychological issues. A New York Daily News instant poll shows Yankees fans want him gone.
Mark Teixeira (.167, 0 HR): I’m sorry, but you need to chew your chicken bones slower because YOU ARE CHOKING AGAIN.
Nick Swisher (.211, 1 HR): Just like A-Rod and Teix, he put too much pressure on himself and F-CKED UP when it really counted. Bases loaded SWISHHHHHHHHH.
Russell Martin: Don’t let the media make your forget that Russell Martin was an automatic out and rally killer. Years from now (like, uhm, starting next year) fans will wonder why Jesus Montero wasn’t allowed to catch in the 2011 ALDS. Jesus went 2-2 in limited duty, and could have surely got the ONE EXTRA HIT the Yankees needed in this series.
Derek Jeter (.250/.280): A costly error and his poor RISP numbers doomed the Yankees. Jeter was Captain Unclutch.
CC Sabathia (6.23): Sabathia was going to throw a perfect game in Game 1 before Thor made it rain. Ever since then he was not sharp. In the Sabathia vs Verlander rematch, both pitchers gave up 4 runs, but Justin lasted 8 and CC was finished before then. Sabathia’s bullpen outing in Game 5 resulted in the go-ahead run that decided this series.
Rafael Soriano: Years from now people will look at see his 1.93 2011 ALDS ERA, but the bottom line is that he blew Game 3.
Luis Ayala: Was great during the regular season, but sucked in the post-season.
Brian Cashman: Cashman brought out the same unclutch hitters that jobbed out to the Rangers in 2010. [Oh, I'm sorry, he added Russell Martin and subtracted Marcus Thames.] He did improve the bullpen, but it’s his fault the Yanks locked the entire starting lineup. FIRE BRIAN CASHMAN.
3B Coach Rob Thomson may become the scapegoat for holding up A-Rod at third (A-Rod was stranded there). I think Rob is a standup guy and was very good all year, but the Steinbrenners will fire him for that. I disagree with that, and Thomson wasn’t wrong to hold the fragile A-Rod from sliding at home.
Manager Joe Girardi: Pretty easy to second guess Girardi running out the same lineup for all 5 games and not using bench players to start to shake things up and motivate the chokers. Joe Torre always did that. Early in the series, Girardi should have used Robertson and Rivera instead of Ayala/Soriano. Others may nitpick how he handled the starters, but the bottom line is that the Yankees’ failure is SOLELY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE HITTERS.
Anyway, R.I.P. 2011 Yankees.
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