Why the New York Yankess won’t win the World Series
The New York Yankees are typically the favorite to win the World Series every single year. In most years, that is the right call. They are usually the best team in baseball. Lately, though, the Yankees have not been the best club in baseball. At the very least, they have not been the team best constructed to win in the playoffs. This is the case in 2012. Though the Yankees might be the odds-on favorite to win it all in October, they will come up short. They will end in disappointing fashion, losing out before ever making it into the World Series.
Where’s the pitching?
When you get to the playoffs in baseball, it is all about the pitching. Teams that can pitch will come out ahead, while those who struggle on the mound will have a disappointing finish. The Yankees just do not have the horses to make it happen on the mound. C.C. Sabathia remains a force at the top of the pitching staff. The Yankees can trust in him, as long as he remains healthy. The problem is that they do not have much behind him. Having to rely on Hiroki Kuroda and others will prove to be a big part of the undoing of the Yankees.
The Rangers are good
The American League has a two-time defending champion. The Texas Rangers are that team, and they do not appear to be sliding back anytime soon. That is something that you will need to consider as you think about the World Series in 2012. The Rangers have made their team better since last season. By adding Yu Darvish and seeing their young players develop even further, the Rangers have what it takes to make it to the World Series. They have stronger starting pitching and better defense than the Yankees. More than that, they have a deeper lineup with better hitters. Overall, the Rangers are simply better.
Where is Rivera?
Think about the times that the Yankees have been the best team in baseball. Who is usually closing out games at the end of the day? Mariano Rivera has been a huge part of the Yankee equation over the last few years. His knee just did not hold up this season. Can the Yankees count on closing down the end of games like they have in the past? Chances are that they will lose a couple of games late because they are missing their closer. This is something that many people are not talking about. They will be talking about it late in playoff games when the Yankees desperately need to get those final outs.
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