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‘Bust’ reality staring down Yankees in unnerving scenario

“The Yankees are sort of at a point like we had, you realize you have to break through,” said John Hart, the general manager of those Cleveland squads.

Over the past four years the Yankees have averaged a major-league best at nearly 5 1/2 runs per game. They have made the playoffs in each of those seasons, getting eliminated twice by the eventual champion and twice by the World Series loser. But the Yanks remain without a title since 2009 and by Bronx math that is an eternity.

There are two ways that this can go for the Yankees, circa now. They can follow the past two champs — the Nationals and Dodgers — who went through years of being viewed as October dogs. Sometimes you have to kick and kick at the door before it bursts open. The Dodgers, the other coastal superpower, won eight straight NL West titles and not until the eighth did they finally capture their first title since 1988 — or in Los Angeles math an eternity-plus.

Or the Yanks can be those Cleveland teams, so powerful that annually they believed this was the season.

“Every year after ‘94 we felt we had a team that could win it all, absolutely,” Hart said.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2021 at 04:45 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 31, 2021 at 05:24 PM (#6010897)
It's almost as if the playoffs are a largely random event like a ... crapshoot?

Obviously one good thing for the Yanks would be (and would have been) to get and stay healthy. Cole, Kluber, Severino, Taillon reads like a very scary rotation but ould total 60 starts, half of them from struggling, rehabbing, injured pitchers. Judge and Stanton are very scary but much scarier if they combine for 1200 PA rather than 900. A healthy 2021 Yanks team could steamroll the AL.

I don't know if they were usually healthy entering the playoffs but they never had that ... aura of invincibility even if they were.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: March 31, 2021 at 05:34 PM (#6010901)
It's almost as if the playoffs are a largely random event like a ... crapshoot?
Isn't an actual crap shot an entirely random event?

I hereby say we need a new metaphor for the randomness of playoffs. A blackjack hand?
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 31, 2021 at 06:00 PM (#6010905)
But the Yanks remain without a title since 2009 and by Bronx math that is an eternity.

What kind of monster can't empathize with all the poor little current-day Jeffrey Maiers who have suffered their entire lives with no memories of a Yankees World Series championship?
   4. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 31, 2021 at 07:05 PM (#6010915)
A healthy 2021 Yanks team.....


Now THAT is a crapshoot.

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