The ALCS schedule 2010 did not go as expected for the Yankees. Now the ALCS schedule 2010 will hang over the Yankees all year, as they have a rough offseason ahead. They have to decide how much Derek Jeter’s final contract is worth, maintain Joe Girardi, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, and try to finally get Cliff Lee in pinstripes. But there is now more desperation to get it all done, after being removed from the throne. Yet the Yankees’ mistakes during the ALCS revealed deeper problems.
From the start, the Yankees had a hard time turning the switch back on, after their 27th world title. Championship No. 28 wouldn’t be handed to them this time, as the Rays set the early standard in the AL East. Although the Yankees soon rose back up, they still weren’t the same.
But prior to the ALCS, New York looked like they had turned it around. However, destroying the Twins in the ALDS, like they always do, was just a mirage. The struggles of Derek Jeter, and the starting rotation behind C.C. Sabathia, would not be erased in October.
The Rangers jumped all over the Yankees in almost every game, even after their Game 1 collapse. The old Yankees would have choked out the Rangers after such a demoralizing win in Game 1. But after the Rangers rallied back the next afternoon, they controlled things from then on in.
With Cliff Lee looming in Game 3, the Rangers quickly took the lead and never relinquished it. After that, the ALCS schedule had the Yankees behind the eight-ball, as they had to be perfect to have a chance. But they were far from perfect, as a Rangers pennant went from shocking to inevitable in a week’s time.
This was a series in which even Sabathia offered no relief on the mound. Andy Pettite was the only starter to turn in a solid performance, and he had the misfortune of facing Lee. Meanwhile, Jeter could not provide his usual spark, Alex Rodriguez never got going, and Mark Teixeira was held hitless before getting injured. Only Robinson Cano really came through in the series, yet he couldn’t carry the entire team.
The ALCS resembled so many postseason appearances for the Yankees between 2001 and 2008. In those years, younger, less experienced but hungrier teams foiled the Yankees’ expensive bats and arms. After their championship last season, those days were supposed to be behind them, yet they made a comeback at the worst time.
With the core of the Yankees’ dynasty aging, they may only have a limited window of opportunity left with Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte and Jorge Posada. They found a new leader in Cano, yet they need more to get back on top.
The usual Yankee formula is to buy their way back to a title after setbacks like this. Lee will be the cornerstone of that strategy this offseason, although they failed to get him once before. But the ALCS showed that Lee alone won’t solve all of their problems next season.
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