Re: Flashback: 10 things that still amaze me about the 2004 ALCS
posted at 12/29/2012 10:05 AM EST
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you thought the Yankees choked then you thought they had the better team
The Yankees had the better team. The Red Sox had the better middle of the lineup. The Yankees don't win the division with 100 plus wins and go up 3-0 unless they were the better team. It took the greatest choke job in MLB playoff history. The Red Sox pulled the greatest choke job in regular season history. The two teams are locked in history in a way that it's impossible not to think of one without the other.
If they were the better team because of 100 wins and going up 3-0 does that not make the RS the better team due to winning the next 4 games? Also how did the NYY choke? They were out played there was nothing they did or did not due that shows any type of chocking.
Jim, The Yankees had plenty of chances to close out that series. They failed each time. When the series was 3 games to 2 heading back to NY you could see the pressure building on the players. IMO the yankee players got away from their game and played tight,nervous baseball. In a way they made it easy for the trash talking idiots. Mo didn't get a standing O at Fenway on opening day 2005 for nothing.
2007 was different. The Sox were clearly the best team in baseball that year.
The 2004 ALCS is a great example of why I abhor the 5 game series.
The short series gives the advantage to the weaker team.
All you need is a couple of decent starters and a few guys to get hot.
If the ALCS was a 5 game series the Yankees would have prevailed shutting out the Sox 3-0.
A 7 game series gives the stronger team more of an opportunity to get things going, which is what happened in the 2004 ALCS. Especially an advantage to a team with a deeper pen.
Then the Red Sox went on to destroy the Cardinal 4-0 in the World Series, winning 7 games in a row against two of the best teams in the game, but I suppose the Cards choked too.
In the end the 2004 Yankees fatal flaw was that they had built a team with a predominant righthaded middle of the lineup and they had no lefties in their rotation either. I'd say that in hindsight letting Petitte leave for Houston. Might well have tipped the scales in our favor too...Conversly the Red Sox lineup was better suited to play in Yankee stadium and without a lefthanded starter and not enough lefthanded arms in the pen. They couldn't nuetralize our line-up with Damon, Belhorn, Nixon, Ortiz, Varitek and Mueller all hitting from the leftside...
I agree BT.
But would add the injury to and loss of the left handed bat of first baseman Jon Olerud who was replaced by righty Tony Clark served to make matters worst for the Yankees.