Recently, elsewhere, I made the following statement:
Since 2002, the Yanks have won a lot of games each year – and, that’s great. But, the way Brian Cashman has built his teams is the following:
Spend ~$200 million on great offensive players and pitchers that are either over-hyped or past their prime. And, during the regular season, when those mega-batters are matched-up against the bad pitching teams in the AL, it covers for the weak Yankees pitching and then New York starts to pile up win totals.
But, come the post-season, when you face teams with good pitching, or you face a team in a format where they can use their best pitchers and hide their duds, your great hitters get shut down and then your weak pitchers get exposed, and you lose the series.
If the Yankees are going to return to the ring teams like the ’70’s and the ’90’s, they’re going to need to have great pitching to go with their hitting – and great pitching that can shut down another team in the post-season. Until that happens, it’s going to be just like the ’80’s and the post-2001 Yankees…lots of seasons where your hitters carry you to 90+ wins, but, teams that get bounced in the post-season.
To anyone who has been reading this blog over the last couple of years, or longer, to hear a statement like this from me should not come as a shock.
But, I thought, today, on a slow-baseball-news sort of day, it may be fun to review this concept of mine, again, and ask Yankees fans (reading this) the following questions:
1. Do you agree with this conclusion from me? And,
2. If you think it’s not correct, why?
Thanks in advance to anyone willing to share thoughts on this in the comments section below.