Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Yankees: Courageous?

ARod is apparently taking the blame for the demise of the Yankees 2007 season.

"It's on me," he said. "Whatever blame you put on me," he said, "that's fine. The most courageous group of guys," he said, "that I've ever played with."

Courageous? That’s BS. What makes them courageous? And sorry, as much as I hate ARod, this wasn’t his fault. How about the rest of the offense, which was atrocious in the entire series. ARod actually had 4 hits in the final 2 games, while Hero Jeter did nothing but ground into double plays in key situations.

And speaking of ARod, check out this fascinating article by SI's Tom Verducci. Some astounding numbers about ARod's October futility. And even more Verducci goodies:
Here's all you need to know about why the Yankees are 4-13 in their past 17 postseason games: in that stretch their starting pitchers are 2-8 with a 6.36 ERA while averaging 4 2/3 innings per start. Two wins from starting pitchers in 17 games, none in which they completed seven innings. The lack of pitchers who can give them length or the ability to strike out batters -- they averaged 5.9 strikeouts per nine innings -- killed them more than anything else.

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