The Yankees are 3-10 in the postseason since the end of Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS. So, who should we blame for those ten games lost? Can WPA tell us the answer? Here are those ten losses and who WPA says should get the “L” next to their name:
What, no A-Rod?
Actually, the only games here where Alex Rodriguez had really bad games, according to WPA, were Game 2 of the 2006 ALDS and Game 5 of the 2005 ALDS. (These were both games that were started by Mike Mussina – go figure.)
Of course, Game 2 of the 2006 ALDS and Game 5 of the 2005 ALDS turned out to be pretty big games in the grand scheme of things – so, maybe that’s why some people look at A-Rod’s performance in those games and make it into a thing where he’s to blame for the Yankees losing in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
However, the reality of it is all about the pitching.
Blame Quantrill, Gordon, and Brown for 2004.
Blame Johnson and Mussina for 2005.
Blame Johnson and Wright for 2006.
Or, blame the guy who put them on the team. But, Alex Rodriguez is not the reason why the Yankees have lost 10 of their last 13 post-season games. Maybe A-Rod hasn’t been the cause for them to win 10 of their last 13, but, I’m pretty sure he’s not the guy to blame for them losing 10 of their last 13 contests either.