The Yankees were out played. It is as simple as that. Many people are questioning Girardi’s decision to walk Hamilton to get to Vlad Guerrero. In the post game, Girardi himself said “he’s no walk in the park” referring to Guerrero. If Vlad is that good, then pitch to Hamilton! But I digress.
With the highest payroll in Major League Baseball, the Yankees bought themselves pitchers that can’t seem to pitch. C.C. Sabathia is obviously the number one guy. However, Phil Hughes, he’s just not ready. Andy Pettitte of 2010 is not Andy Pettitte of 2000. We can all speculate (and us Yankee fans can hope) that Cliff Lee will take a bigger paycheck and come to New York. However, why would he? The Rangers are a good team. The Rangers were the better team in the ALCS.
The Yankees problem is not run production. The Yankees problem is pitching. Pitching has always seemed to be something of an enigma when it comes to the Bronx Bombers. Yes, guys like Kevin Brown, Hideki Irabu, David Cone, and the once great Roger Clemens all graced the mound while wearing Pinstripes. However, at the end of the day it was the Yankee hitters that won games more often than not.
Some fans will call for Girardi’s firing, others will call for GM Brian Cashman’s head on a plate, or both. The Yankee’s loss, the disgrace that is the New York Mets, and Boston’s lackluster season prove one thing: money cannot buy you championships. Payroll can’t even guarantee you a playoff spot. Managing your players and acquiring good talent, particularly in the pitching department, is what wins games.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!