Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Opinion

Yankees 2020 What Went Wrong: Postseason Woes Strike Again

One of the most exhausted and overused tropes in sports analysis is the idea that some teams and players are built to win in the playoffs and others aren’t. And at this point, it’s almost as common to assert the contrary: that research has proven that “clutch” isn’t a real thing, and if you’re good in the regular season, you’re likely to be good in the playoffs as well. But there are always those outlying cases. Jordan’s Bulls never lost a Finals (though they lost in the playoffs plenty earlier in MJ’s career). Try telling a Dodgers fan that there’s no difference between the regular season and postseason success.

The Yankees broke back into baseball relevance with a surprising run to Game 7 of the ALCS in 2017. It’s pretty shocking that three full seasons later, that’s still the closest this core has gotten to the World Series. Four difficult playoff eliminations in a row will inevitably set the take artists aflame, and that’s exactly what has happened, particularly this season. The Yankees “can’t win the big game.” The Yankees are “home run or nothing, and that approach doesn’t work in October.” The Yankees “fade in the spotlight.” The Yankees (insert any stock phrase you might hear on WFAN here).

Of course, this is all nonsense – to a point. While the collection of absurdities above is just that, there is undeniably an element of truth to the accusation that the Yankees aren’t built to win in the postseason. It’s not because this team doesn’t have the “clutch gene.” It’s not because of the delusion that hitting a lot of home runs is somehow undesirable. It’s because they simply don’t have the pitching depth to get it done.

Read More Here

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Opinion

Since joining the New York Yankees on July 30, Joey Gallo is slashing .169/.319/.709 with three home runs, six RBI, and 29 strikeouts in...

News

This article will be updated as new information comes out  The New York Yankees have tentatively acquired Outfielder Joey Gallo and Left-Handed Relief Pitcher...

Columns

While the beginning of this New York Yankees’ 2021 campaign has been a weird one, perhaps the brightest spot of the first ten games...

News

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball announced and informed teams on Tuesday that they are activating the use of alternate sites for...

Copyright © 2021 Pinstripe Prospects

Skip to toolbar