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The New York Yankees crashed out of the playoffs last night, losing 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers.The Tigers were simply the better team in this series in every aspect of the game.
But they were certainly no juggernaut.
The Yankees also expect to win, so this is big letdown.
And there’s plenty of blame to go around.
How does a team with a $196 million payroll only have one good starting pitcher?
Cashman made some noise last winter that made it seem like personnel decision were out of his hands. But this team was flawed from the start, and he's responsible for that.
He pitched fine last night.
But he was supposed to be a key piece of this Yankee rotation going into the season.
His rough season killed their pitching depth.
A-Rod hit .111 in the series.
He also struck out to end Game 5.
He never really got back into form after suffering an injury this summer, and that killed the Yankees offence in the end.
Teixeira had a productive year, but he crapped out in the playoffs.
He hit .167 with five strikeouts in the series.
Girardi managed like a wild man in Game 5.
He took out Phil Hughes after getting just four outs, he threw CC Sabathia into the game, and he cultivated a general air of panic in Yankee Stadium.
Nova got through only two innings in Game 5 before being pulled for 'forearm tightness.'
Even before he got hurt, he let up back-to-back homers that crushed any momentum the Yankees had going into the game.
Game 1 got postponed in the second inning, ensuring that C.C. Sabathia and Tigers ace Justin Verlander would only start once in the series.
A lot of people thought this would help the Yanks. But it turned out that their lack of starting pitching depth came back to bite them.
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