For all the concerns about their pitching, it was the Yankees’ hitting that sunk them. They wasted opportunity after opportunity last night. I think the game was decided in the 7th inning, when Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher both struck out with the bases loaded against a struggling Joaquin Benoit.
A team that led baseball in home runs during the regular season had difficulty scoring any other way – Robinson Cano‘s solo shot and a bases-loaded walk accounted for the Yankees’ only runs in the deciding game of the ALDS. There’s probably a lesson in that for Mets fans who obsess over the home runs lost to Citi Field’s current dimensions.
With luck, the Philadelphia Phillies will follow the New York Yankees into the offseason tonight. But I’m not sure if I’ll watch – I’m tired of rooting against other teams in the playoffs.
Next year, it would certainly be nice if the Mets could give me a team to root for.