posted at 9/22/2013 12:42 PM EDT
Long title, but super short comment to balance it out.
Jeter and A-Rod and those wheelchair contracts finally ended up in the wheelchair phase of those contracts. Both players are now fully washed up. Too bad Jeter didn't go out on his own terms, like Mo, as Jeter always approaches his job the right way. A-Roid's a fraud, so it's nice that he's getting kicked out after he's washed up. Ichiro is also washed up, and the high miles on Tex have him in the declining stage of his career. The result is that the Yankees were impotent on a team with a park that was built for a massive payroll team built on slugging veteran FA outslugging the competition.
The 2013 Red Sox aren't really about 5 or 6 games better than projected, the Yankees have simply been that many games or more worse.
The NYY issue is more about their insistence on bringing down the payroll to $189M. You're right that the contracts are bad, but they've always had bad contracts. They simply replaced them with other bad contracts.
And for so long, they relied on Jeter, Rivera, and Pettitte. They were drafted in the early 90s. The best player they drafted since Cashman took over was Lowell, followed by Gardner. So they've gone maybe 18 years with virtually no draft. And you can only rely on that so long as you have unlimited spending.
As the playoffs are about to commence, this Red Sox team is going in with a record that makes them highly overrated. Both Detroit and Oakland are going into the playoffs under the radar, with the Red Sox being the media declared heavy favorites. Detroit was better than the Red Sox during the regular season, and the A's split with the Red Sox but are now playing better baseball than the Red Sox and won the last 2 meetings later in this season.
I projected this Red Sox team to be a 91 wins tops playoff bubble title pretender team. I was wrong on the numbers, but I believe I'll be right on the caliber of the 2013 Red Sox team, with the Yankees fall being the reason.
I hope I'm wrong, but I'm almost always right.
Feel free to disagree and make your case why the Red Sox are the class of the AL.
The playoffs are mostly a crapshoot. Assuming we finsih with best record, we'll be the favorite by virtue of facing the WC winner, who presumably will have just used their best pitcher. If Oakland catches us for best record, they will be the favorite. But even if we hold on, and face TB, that is only a very slightl advantage.