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I chose Arod because he desperately needs to break the October stigma. I considered CC because of the contract, and Matsui/Damon because if they have huge Octobers they’re more likely to get a contract after the season.
This is simple. The answer has to be CC. He’s the one that will be matched up against Verlander in the ALDS, and if he doesn’t show up our season comes down to a game 2 start from Burnett…and I don’t want our season to hang on a Burnett start at this point.
If the series progresses, he’ll get a game 5 start as well. If we make it further, he matches up against Beckett or Lackey and his performances will be a huge factor in whether we can compete or not.
Remember, take the lessons we’ve learned from all of our playoffs since 2004. A-Rod, Tex, Posada, etc. can hit as many home runs as they want…but it won’t mean shit if we don’t pitch well and outpitch the other team’s ace. CC will need to carry us.
couldn’t have said it better myself. If CC tosses a clunker, everyone goes into panic mode.
A-Rod, Tex, Posada, etc. can hit as many home runs as they want…but it won’t mean shit if we don’t pitch well and outpitch the other team’s ace. CC will need to carry us.
IIRC, we werent doing much hitting in those crappy years either, lol. I do agree with the pitching tho. At least CC has matched and beaten Verlander already once this year.
I agree 125% and then some! It’s about time that Arod return to his pre game 4 ALCS playoff greatness. I’m really sick of people slagging on ‘im AND people defending ‘im. I hope he does well for his own sake and the team’s sake. and I want the controversy surrounding Aroid to end already.
CC certainly has pressure on him BUT let’s be brutally frank. Who is all the worry between CC and AJ? AJ,of course!He never has pitched in the playoffs and has been blah in the recent past. CC has never been the greatest post season pitcher BUT at least he has been consistent than AJ has ever been. I mean peoplel on talk radio have been talking about Pettitte starting second in the playoffs not AJ. I have much more faith in CC than I ever will have in Burnit. Tip of the hat to the Yank Crankee himself: our season comes down to a game 2 start from Burnett…and I don’t want our season to hang on a Burnett start at this point.
CC is the correct answer.
ARod may need a good post season for his own legacy but the team can win without him at his best. Pitching will be the most important factor. Many teams have won World Series with their big hitter not producing. But how many win without pitching?
I considered CC, but I had to give my vote to Mo. While it’s less likely we win a game in which CC struggles, it is still possible. Mo struggling means games we had in hand turn into stunning defeats. Mo is the only player on this list for whom performing to his ability vs struggling almost always equates to winning vs losing.
considered CC, but I had to give my vote to Mo. While it’s less likely we win a game in which CC struggles, it is still possible. Mo struggling means games we had in hand turn into stunning defeats. Mo is the only player on this list for whom performing to his ability vs struggling almost always equates to winning vs losing.
Mo doesn’t come into play unless all of the other players on this list perform. It would be nice to have Mo be Mo, which he most likely will be, but there are far more pressing needs than Mo for us to advance. Think of everybody who can impact innings 1-8 before somebody who impacts inning 9.
CC certainly has pressure on him BUT let’s be brutally frank. Who is all the worry between CC and AJ?
I understand your point, if the question were who do you worry the most about, i’d have CC down on the list right near Rivera’s name. I also agree with you that i’d like to see A-Rod return to his postseason form, but the Yankees playoffs success and failures do not revolve around Alex (however, ask 99% of Yankee fans that question and they’ll magically believe the Yankees live with Jeter and die by Alex).
But this has to do with who can the Yankees least afford to have a sub-par showing. That person is CC. If he has a clunker game 1, our entire postseason rests on the arm of an AJ Burnett start. To me, that’s worst case scenario right now.
I considered CC, but I had to give my vote to Mo.
What good was Mo on all those unsuccessful playoff teams the past few years? My strongest recollection of those games is starting pitchers spitting the bit.
Off the top of my head:
2004 Games 6 and 7 against BOS
2006 Game 2 Mussina (couldn’t hold a lead)
Wang (pick any post season start)
2006 Randy Johnson and Jared Wright (do you even remember that this guy started a post-season game for the NY Yankees)
Where does the importance of Mo figure into those years? He was on every team.
None of those teams had true, no. 1, strikeout pitchers (except R Johnson who was over the hill). Now we have two. Bring ‘em on!
CC, CC, CC. Which of those starts that Ken mentioned hurt the most? For me it’s Wang – he comes in as the ace of the team, 19 game winner, and then all of a sudden some poltergeist is inhabiting Wang’s body and throwing batting practice. When your ace throws a stinker, you’ve got a big big problem.
Conversely when the ace sets the tone and dominates, it really seems to give the team a jolt. As much as I can’t stand Beckett, I give him a ton of credit for being one stingy SOB in the playoffs. We’ll see if he can sustain it this year – I suspect he’s more vulnerable this season, which could be a slight weakness for Boston.
Pressure’s on CC, but that’s why he gets the big bucks.
What good was Mo on all those unsuccessful playoff teams the past few years?
I teach college English, and I think what we have here is assignment drift. I answered the question playing close attention to its precise wording. I think most of the answers here are to the question “Considering the Yankees’ recent playoff troubles, which player has the most potential to right the ship and chase away old ghosts by performing well?”
If that is the question, I agree with the candidates being mentioned here, but that is not the question. A sub-par performance by Mo is defined as one in which he loses a game. Any other player not performing well does not increase the odds that we lose as much as Mo flopping would. And the fact that previous teams failed frequently to get the ball to Mo does not reduce his importance or how much we rely on him, even take him for granted.
I don’t like our chances if CC performs poorly, but I have no hope at all if Mo is not Mo.
From the point of view of logic and the stated question, I suppose you are correct. Although assignment drift may not be what you look for in your students’ work, it is de rigeur on Internet message boards.
Because of the situations where he comes in, Mo almost never simply impacts one inning, almost always impacts the complete game outcome. This is less true of every other player.
FWIW, if 52, 46, and 34 tank, then 42 has nothing to do that day…
@ Steve Lombardi:
So, you’re saying its a TEAM effort?
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