"I think it's very simple, we've been devastated by injuries. No team I've ever seen in baseball has been decimated like this. It would kill any team," Steinbrenner said. "Imagine the Red Sox without [Josh] Beckett and [Jon] Lester. Pitching is 70 percent of the game. Wang won 19 games two straight years. Chamberlain became the most dominating pitcher in baseball. You can't lose two guys like that."Wha--?
Let's take these one at a time. First, who are the Yankees' Beckett and Lester? No one matches Beckett's caliber. And one could argue that Mike Mussina is having one of his best seasons ever, with an ERA+ of 129 and a 15-7 record. Didn't see that one coming. So he replaced Wang's production.
As for Wang, he's really not that great. He was the beneficiary of some great run support. His ERA+ in those two years, while decent, was not great (124 and 121).
Pitching is 70% of the game? Way to bust out some scientifically-researched stats. How come your pitching only represents 39% of your payroll if they're 70% of the game?
Injuries killed your team because you signed old dudes. You've actually been pretty lucky with the old dudes and unlucky with the young dudes. Maybe you should fact-check your statements before you open your mouth. The Yankees have sent 18 guys to the DL this season, tied for 5th in MLB. They have 2 guys out for the season; the Braves lead with 4, with a couple of other teams at 3 and many other teams tied at 2. Shut up, Stein.
Joba Chamberlain is not the most dominating player in baseball. You, sir, are a dumbass. Joba is averaging 5.4 innings per start. Did he learn that from Roger Clemens last year? His WHIP is 1.30 as a starter. He's a disaster as a starter because he kills your bullpen. Papelbon would be the same way.
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