Somewhere, George Steinbrenner is Fuming

Wherever he is, George Steinbrenner is mighty pissed off.

Citizens of the Yankee universe were desperately seeking some sort of George Patton-like missive from The Boss following the Bombers timid showing against the Tigers in the ALDS. You know, the front office memo that apologizes to the fans, rips the team and vows to fight to the death for a World Championship next year. We’re Yankees, we’re battered and we’re beaten, but we bleed pinstripe blue. Something like that.

There really are no excuses for the Yankees loss to the Detroit. George would agree, and he’d know where to point the finger.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3….or in this instance 4-5-6. The heart of New York’s lineup, 4-5-6 hitters Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher, played like kitty cats against the Tigers and cost the Yanks the series. The numbers don’t lie:

  • A-Rod — 2-for-18 against Detroit .180 batting average in his last 14 playoff games.
  • Tex — 3-for-18 against Detroit, .170 post-season BA since joining Yankees in 2009.
  • Swisher — 4-for-19 against Detroit, .160 post-season BA since joining Yankees in 2009.

Wait, It Gets Worse
In the Yankees last two post-season series, losses to the Tigers and to the Rangers in the 2010 ALCS, A-Rod is 6-for-39, Teixeira 3-for-32 and Swisher 6-for-41. That’s 15-for-112, a combined .134 batting average.

Rodriguez has six years and $143M left on his contract. An albatross, he’ll be 42 when that contract runs out, and his body is already breaking down. Old-Roid played in just 99 games this season.

Take away 2009, and A-Rod has been a post-season bust. He’s struck out to end each of the Yankees last two playoff series.

Teixeira has five years and $112.5M left his contract, and is signed through 2016, when he will be 36. And Swisher, who turns 31 next month, will be back next year if the Yankees exercise their $10.25M option.

That’s a lot of time and money invested in three middle-of-the-order guys who can’t hit in the clutch.

Red Sox Favorites
After failing to sign free agent pitcher Cliff Lee, the Yankees entered the 2011 season in a strange position — underdogs. The Red Sox were the consensus pick to win the AL East.

However Boston fell apart during in an epic September swoon, and the Yankees won the division.

That’s great, but Yankee teams are judged on one criteria — championships won.

As The Boss knows, anything less is a disappointment. A very big disappointment.

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2 Comments on “Somewhere, George Steinbrenner is Fuming”

  1. Robert says:

    My theory is this: while over the course of a season, the big guys will produce home runs and RBIs spread across the average pitching they face. Arguably, the best pitching teams get into the playoffs and the pitching goes up a big notch. The hitters with better averages simply do better than those with poorer averages. If you take 3 hitters who had mediocre seasons BA wise, those averages are driven even lower by the excellent playoff pitching. So a .250 hitter becomes a .235 hitter and so forth. Additionally, even Tex with all his home runs, he can only be expected to produce one every 4 games… lower that for the playoffs, so maybe 1 every 5 or 6 games. You get the picture.

  2. SportsLifer says:

    Makes sense to me. And none of that 4-5-6 triumvirate had a good season BA wise. Still surprising how bad they have been historically. Yankee pitching was surprisingly good this series. But they never got to use Mariano enough — only eight pitches, all strikes. The bats let them down.


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