Unlike most seasons, there isn’t too much to analyze about the Yankees’ season coming to an end last night. Despite the non-baseball related oddities, the on field action and results were pretty straight forward both yesterday and for the season as a whole. As a result, we’re going to have a pretty quick recap for you here today on MBP. In no particular order…
Aaron Boone made the right call bringing in Chapman in the 7th inning.
Tie game, go ahead run on 1st base, other team’s best hitter at the plate – that’s a pretty big situation. So big in fact it’s unlikely there would be a bigger one later in the game (Possible? Yes. Likely? No.) Which means if your argument against bringing your best reliever in is “I want to keep him sitting and put in an inferior pitcher because I want to save my best for a situation that may or may not come up later”, your argument is a weak one. Hell, ask Zach Britton about what happened when Buck Showalter tried put that nonsense into action. If Boone had put Ottavino in and Lowe went deep, Boone would have been crucified.
Sometimes you make the right move and you get beat anyway – it happens.
If a blackjack player hits on 16 and gets a Queen, it doesn’t mean he made the wrong move. If he’s hits on 16 and gets a 3 – but the opponent who had 13 gets an 8 – it doesn’t mean he made the wrong move.
Reminder: The guys on the other team are very, very, very good. There will be times they will beat you and it has nothing to do with you.
Consider this: Last night, Rays’ pitchers threw 49 pitches that were 97 mph or faster. FORTY NINE. More than a third of the pitches the Yankees saw were shot out of a rifle – many of the others were changeups and sliders in the upper 80’s and low 90’s. The guy who threw 96 was the soft tosser of the group for crying out loud.
And by the power of Dave Kingman, do not come at me with “Well the Yankees should’ve tried to make more contact instead of swinging for the fences!” The darlings of the just put it in play crowd, DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela, went a combined 0 for 8 with 3 strikeouts.
Spending money on relievers is dumb.
Always has been. Always will be. (Am I the only one who read “Moneyball”?) We have at least 20 years of data on this: Young, inexpensive pitchers who throw hard grow on trees, and it’s not hard to find one that will produce the exact same results as the “closer” to whom you’re giving 8 figures. This isn’t a knock on Chapman, Britton or Ottavino – they’ve been very good for the Yankees. But they aren’t better than Nick Anderson, Pete Fairbanks, Diego Castillo, or Chad Green, all of whom get about minimum wage in baseball terms. Which leads me too…
Here we go…again…
There is no fault to be found with Aaron Boone or the coaching staff, and you’d have to look real hard to find a player on the roster with whom you’d have a serious gripe. Remember: The Yankees played 7 games against elite pitching and went 4-3 – that’s a result you’d take every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
The problem, is once again, the Yankees have the third best front office in their own division. Which could be lived with if it were addressed – but it won’t be.
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