In a season which began so promisingly with the signing of the top three free agents on the market, it was particularly sad to have the once mighty New York Yankees’ season hopes ended Monday by the lowly Baltimore Orioles.
Despite record breaking seasons by Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter, who both hit for incredible averages of .677 and .600 respectively, the Yanks were ultimately undone by their two big signings of Mark Teixeira, who failed to get a single hit all season, and CC Sabathia (who could have possibly predicted a horrific 12.46 2009 ERA from the big lefty?
The Yankees’ 2009 hopes were also damaged by A-Rod never returning from his surgery as well as A.J. Burnett failing to make a single start in Pinstripes. It looks like those Pavano comparisons were dead on.
Many fans are sure to question manager Joe Girardi’s inexplicable decision to not start Nick Swisher in right field, when all the man did was bat 1.000 for the season with stunning OPS of 3.000!!
On the bright side, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui made triumphant returns from injury, playing in every game.
It looks like the Yanks will use the remainder of the season to get long looks at prospects like Austin Jackson and others to fortify the squad for a push in 2010 while playing out the string in ’09.
What’s that? It’s only one game? There are 161 left to play?
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