KCollins1304 wrote: RocketsDWM wrote:
And they didn't seem vunerable last year? They were 42-43 at the ASB in 2007 and 10 games out of first in the AL East and 8.5 back in the Wildcard...trailing 5 other teams.
Let's get real here. Nobody is saying that they are infallible. It would not surprise me if they missed the playoffs. But let's not act as if they haven't been in this situation before. They've been a poorly structured team for the past several years and have continually made the playoffs. And there are problems with everyone else in the race as well.
The Roger Clemens signing last year made a significant impact on that team. Without that signing, I'm not sure they make that huge push.
This year's team has zero pitching. Joba is your ace? Kid has tremendous amounts of talent but he shouldnt have to lead this rotation. Keep touting Mussina and Pettite but I neither of them have top of the rotation stuff anymore. I would say they are quite vulnerable, even more so than last year.
Clemens had a mid 4.18 ERA, I wouldn't really call him a savior for the team. They got into the playoffs last year because they were just shy of 1000 runs. The Yankees staff is a lot better this year than last year. Wang was the only consistently good starter last year(Pettitte was in and out), this year Pettitte, Joba, and Mussina have all had very good years with sub 4 ERAs. The offense has been pretty poor by Yankee standards and I'd expect them to pick it up in the 2nd half.
Exactly. You really think Clemens was the savior? He did an okay job, but he was nowhere near worth what he got paid for that 4 month stint. And the Yankees haven't had a solid starting rotation for years. Remember 2005 when they relied on guys like Aaron Small, Al Leiter, Darrell May, Tim Redding, Shawn Chacon, Hideo Nomo, etc.?
It hasn't been pretty, but they've gotten there every year despite their shortcomings. This might be the year that they miss it. As I said, I wouldn't be surprised. But to act like they are much worse this year than they have been in previous years is false IMO.