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The Yankees were built for this World Series

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A quick Google search for “World Series bullpens” shows why the Yankees should have been custom-built for this Fall Classic. From national publications to wire services to completely uninvolved cities, the focus leading into this World Series — the story of how the Cardinals and Rangers got here — is relief pitching.

Didn’t the Yankees spend their offseason building an unbeatable bullpen? Wasn’t that still a unquestioned strength even after injuries to Joba Chamberlain and Pedro Feliciano. Didn’t the Yankees have a bullpen to matchup against any other in the game?

In the division series, the Yankees relievers pitched 23.2 innings — counting Ivan Nova’s Game 1 appearance — and those pitchers allowed a .185 opponents batting average for a 0.93 WHIP. Those are better numbers than the Rangers relievers have this postseason, and only slightly worse than the Cardinals. Dave Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera combined for one run on four hits and no walks through 12.2 innings.

Know which team’s bullpen allowed the lowest opponents batting average this postseason? The Rays. The first team eliminated.

You really can’t predict baseball.

The Rangers and Cardinals played in postseason series in which relief pitching was key. The national narrative is right, those teams wouldn’t have gotten this far without their bullpens.

But that doesn’t mean bullpens make all the difference. Not always, anyway.

The Yankees’ division series didn’t hinge on the bullpen, it hinged on the Yankees needing a key hit in a big spot. Without that hit, all the scoreless eighth innings in the world weren’t going to make any difference.

The Yankees were equipped to follow the Rangers’ and Cardinals’ path to the World Series, but they didn’t go that route. They might have been built for this Fall Classic, but every game is different, and every series is different, and the Yankees are still waiting for that big hit.

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48 Responses to “The Yankees were built for this World Series”

  1. Nick in SF October 19th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    A sac fly would do. :cry:

  2. UnKnown October 19th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    How depressing…

  3. blake October 19th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Bullpens can’t affect the game unless you can score enough runs to have or take a lead…..

  4. blake October 19th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Jeters fly ball should have went out.

  5. Red Robin October 19th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    It is all about having that magic dust .

    Maybe some of the Wall Street bankers stole it this year .

    :(

  6. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 19th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    How long until Mo decides to call it a career? The NYY might be wandering in the desert for many years unless Robertson is able to make the transition. Oh the pain without Mo.

  7. m October 19th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    The way the starting pitching has been, we would have KILLED had we advanced.

  8. m October 19th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I hope Robertson can duplicate his season. He was unbelievable.

  9. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 19th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    “Maybe some of the Wall Street bankers stole it this year .”

    I’d like to take a look at Arod’s balance sheet and see how he is using his money. What about Jeter/CC? They make more than most Wall Street workers. Me thinks we need to monitor the Wall Street Baseball players?

  10. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 19th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Unfortunately their isn’t a recipe to duplicate Mo. Mo has taught a lot of pitchers his cutter but Mo has the gift that most only dream of. We have been spoiled.

  11. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 19th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    there not their…duh!

  12. Tabbert October 19th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Sabathia, Burnett, Swisher are all yankees that i know for sure Dip because i have seen them on numerous occasions. These guys guys have wives, kids, our role models to many… and when they are around those people they most likely elect not to chew. However, When they are at work… they decide to throw in a dip because it taste amazing, and it cools the nerves. Why would anyone judge them on that? Is it bad for you? yes. But, does it effect others around you like smoking? No. So lay off the ballplayers and let them play. They get paid to play not be role models. It’s ironic, because i promise you that we will see hundreds of beer commercials during this world series. So, it okay to show depict boozing as the cool thing to do but its not okay for players to throw a dip in? Makes a lot of sense.

  13. DaSaint007 October 19th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    DiVinci
    Michelangelo
    Mariano Rivera

    Certain people’s achievements will never be replicated.

  14. mick October 19th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    why should we be there? we didn’t have the hitting st louis or texas had.
    we had the brand names but guys like freese and cruz did better jobs.

  15. Holdstrong October 19th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Bullpen composition is just half of the equation.

    Bullpen usage being the other half.

    Yes, the former was a strength… but was the latter? I would argue no.

  16. mick October 19th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    i am sure the yanks think they don’t have much to do this winter.
    as they did last winter.

  17. yankee 221 October 19th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    The biggest game the Cardinals won was a 1-0 game on the road in an elimination game.

  18. mick October 19th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    last winter the yanks got some of the parts they needed to win in chavez, garcia, colon,jones
    the missing pieces.
    where did they go wrong and who are the missing pieces now?
    certainly many are depending on montero to be the missing link.
    the yanks don’t feel as if they are that far off and won’t spend a boatload on wilson this winter.

  19. 108 stitches October 19th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    George Steinbrenner used to say that owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa ……. there’s only one of them.

    Put Mariano in that catagory.

  20. tomingeorgia October 19th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    This is like mud season in Vermont.

  21. Red Robin October 19th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Is Rain present in St. Louis ?

  22. Red Robin October 19th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    [ echo ]

  23. Red Robin October 19th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Is Rain present in St. Louis ?

  24. mick October 19th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    the blog is in sleep mode…

  25. blake October 19th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    “The Padres have internally discussed the possibility of acquiring John Lackey from the Red Sox if Boston takes on most of the right-hander’s salary, according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Lackey pitched for the Angels when Padres manager Bud Black was the team’s pitching coach. ”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    if this is true then Cashman has to find out if they would rather have AJ and hid year less commitment

  26. Red Robin October 19th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    [ echo ]

  27. LGY October 19th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    John Dennis from WEEI radio calling out Pete on twitter.

  28. Triple Short of a Cycle October 19th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    “The Padres have internally discussed the possibility of acquiring John Lackey from the Red Sox if Boston takes on most of the right-hander’s salary, according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Lackey pitched for the Angels when Padres manager Bud Black was the team’s pitching coach. ”

    —————————————————————–

    Lackey for Rizzo and Kelly. Jed Hoyer strikes again

  29. blake October 19th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    LGY,

    What’d he say?

  30. LGY October 19th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Blake

    Dennis wants to know why Pete isn’t going further with the drinking in the dugout story after claiming he has a source to confirm it.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/johndennisweei

  31. pat October 19th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    If Theo and Jed both get a new zip code, maybe Zambrano for Rizzo and Kelly will be Hoyer’s parting gift to the Padres. :wink:

  32. mick October 19th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Shouldn’t the headline have read:
    Yanks aren’t built for the World Series.

  33. blake October 19th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    LGY,

    That’s easy….Pete is in rebuild the Sox image mode…….I mean he basically suggested that getting the score of an Alabama game is essentially the same thing as drinking beer on the dugout….

  34. blake October 19th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Seriously though if the Padres would consider taking Lackey……then they’d have to consider AJ as well……even though he doesn’t play for the Red Sox…..

  35. LGY October 19th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I can’t believe this Hoyer to Chicago stuff actually has legs.

    This guy is going to bail on San Diego after screwing them over in the A Gon trade? Classy.

  36. m October 19th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    So, here we are minutes before the WS is about to begin, and Theo is still with the Red Sox. Only it’s about to be announced that he will become president of the Chicago Cubs. And it’s rumored that Hoyer will leave the Padres to become the GM of the Cubs. This is some crazy stuff.

    Hopefully, karma will come back to bite the Red Sox.

  37. tomingeorgia October 19th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    From time immemorial, ballplayers have been off limits to “properly raised girls. They cussed, they drank, they chased cheap women,they chewed tobacco and smoked, they gambled and generally caroused. The tradition lives on, in Boston publicly and other places, probably. Nothing has changed, except they have more money now.

    Damn, I wish I were a ball player!

  38. mick October 19th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Yankees Fan ‘Bald Vinny’ Calls it Quits

  39. blake October 19th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Don’t put anything past Rehorn and his henchmen.

  40. blake October 19th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Don’t put anything past theo and his henchmen.

  41. m October 19th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    It might not have been Robertson who asked him to do that, but why couldn’t Pete have said that a pitcher asked him for a college game score because they had no tv or radio in the bullpen?

  42. mick October 19th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Hopefully, karma will come back to bite the Red Sox.
    =====================
    This was a pretty mighty bite .

  43. pat October 19th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    SI_JonHeymanJon Heyman
    Nothing definite, but most baseball people believe now that it will be hoyer, not byrnes, who goes to #cubs w/ theo. #padres

  44. mick October 19th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    can toto be far behind?

  45. blake October 19th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    You would think that Hoyer would prefer to stand on his own rather than be Theo’s yes man again…..of course he’s probably on his way to getting fired in SD anyway.

  46. mick October 19th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    tito too.

  47. Smackerel October 19th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    They need to get new writers for this blog if its going to survive. Chad is a joke.

  48. joe b October 20th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    So were the Phillies. Get over it Yankee fans. Can you say “We are OLD”

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