Here’s what happened with the Yankees this week.
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The Yankees lost to the Red Sox in the ALDS
The Yankees lost to the Red Sox in the ALDS, and fans are wondering what happened. The Yankees had a great season, but they just couldn’t seem to get it done in the playoffs. Some people are blaming the loss on the manager, while others are saying that the team just didn’t play well enough. Whatever the reason, the Yankees are out of the playoffs and fans are disappointed.
The Yankees were not able to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the series
The Yankees lost the series after being down 2-0. This is the first time in franchise history that they have lost a playoff series after being up 2-0.
The Yankees were not able to capitalize on their opportunities
One of the biggest disappointments of the baseball season so far has been the performance of the New York Yankees. After making it to the American League Championship Series last year, many experts predicted that they would be one of the best teams in baseball in 2019. However, they have struggled mightily and currently have a record of 23-28, which puts them in fourth place in the AL East.
So, what has happened with the Yankees? One of the biggest problems has been their lack of timely hitting. In close games, they have consistently failed to come up with big hits to score runs. Additionally, their starting pitching has been inconsistent at best and their bullpen has blown a number of late leads.
If the Yankees want to turn things around and make a run at the playoffs, they are going to need to start playing better in all facets of the game. Otherwise, it is going to be yet another long summer in New York.
The Yankees need to make some changes in the offseason
The New York Yankees have not won a World Series since 2009, and they haven’t even made it to the Fall Classic since then.
So what happened?
Some would say that the Yankees’ decline began when they failed to re-sign star outfielder Bernie Williams following the 2006 season. Williams had been with the Yankees since 1991 and was a key part of their dynasty in the late ’90s, winning four World Series titles.
Losing Williams was a big blow, and the Yankees struggled to replace him. They made some big free agent signings, like giving Hideki Matsui a seven-year, $21 million deal in December 2006, but Matsui was past his prime and was only with the team for three seasons.
In an effort to get younger and save money, the Yankees also traded for young players like Xavier Nady and Ian Kennedy in 2007. That didn’t work out either, as neither player panned out with the team.
The Yankees did make some good moves in the late 2000s, like signing Mark Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 million contract in December 2008. But by then, it was too late – the team’s core players from their most recent championship teams were all getting older and declining.
Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and others helped lead the Yankees to five World Series titles from 1996 to 2000, but by 2009, they were all past their primes. The team tried to replace them with younger players, but those players couldn’t match the production or leadership of the team’s former stars.
As a result, the Yankees haven’t won a World Series in over 10 years – their longest drought since they won their first championship in 1923.