Mid-day Friday, Ken Rosenthal put out this piece on the Yankees and how they have to do more than just show up to be successful in October. You might have seen it already, he says this year’s club isn’t all that different from the 2005-2007 Yankee teams that got bounced in the first round. Actually, here, allow me to quote:
The 2009 Yankees are not much different statistically from the 2005, ’06 and ’07 Joe Torre teams that got knocked out in the first round.
Those clubs all ranked first or second in the American League in runs, pitched average to slightly below-average and defended with minimal proficiency.
These Yankees, true to form, rank first in the league runs and eighth in ERA. They play better defense, thanks in large part to the addition of first baseman Mark Teixeira, improvement of shortstop Derek Jeter and use of Brett Gardner in center field. But if the Yankees go deep into the postseason, it might be due more to inferior first-round competition than actual superiority.
It’s your typical “here are the Yankees’ flaws and why they might lose” article, the same thing that gets written every September. But now, two days and two wins over the Red Sox later, Rosenthal’s singing a different tune. Check out this video:
Amazing how things can change in such a short period of time, huh?
Anyway, here’s your open thread for the night. There’s no baseball tonight because of the Jewish holiday, but the Colts and Cards are playing at 8:20. There’s also a new episode of Family Guy on. Talk about whatever you like, just make sure you follow the guidelines and be cool to each other.