Yesterday, Brian Cashman was asked whether the Yankees postseason struggles have left his second guessing his lineup building philosophy. This is what he said:
“No. I mean, I believe in the philosophy I was taught by Gene Michael. We are still executing the Gene Michael playbook, which is predominantly left-handed hitters that take walks. They are selective. They’re typically big, hairy monsters — as I describe them — that hit the ball over the fence, hit doubles, singles, can hit home runs. They are very selective.
“What you are seeing right now is not a reflection of that. These guys are better than this, and you’ve seen it and we’ve seen it. It is just a very poor short sample. We have a lot of guys that got cold at the wrong time and it looks bad, but they’re not. This is not a reflection of who they are, but it externally is a reflection of what we are living with right now, and so we’re trying to do everything we can to get it going.
“But, no, this doesn’t shatter my beliefs in what I have been taught and what I have learned from some of the best in the business, because I know it works. I have lived through it. I have rings to show it. I have rings I’ve benefitted from. I’ve been part of championship caliber runs, teams that are typically in the top end of the offensive side.
“What we are seeing is not what this offense is capable of and what some of these individuals players are. They are performing at a far worse level than what you have seen. And just conversely our pitching has been tremendous. We are getting the best pitching we have seen from this staff all season. So as great as our pitching has really just exceeded expectations, and our offense has done quite the opposite, and that’s what we’re dealing with right now.”