Last week I wrote that acquiring Sonny Gray would have to little to no consequence for the Yankees in the 2017 playoffs. My argument was the Pinstripes lack the top-level starting pitching to match up with the Astros, Indians, and Red Sox over the course of a five or seven-game series.
In response the Yankees acquired both Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia at the deadline. Now in the 2017 interim, I don’t think either of these moves greatly improves the Yankees odds of reaching the World Series. In the end, neither Gray nor Garcia, skyrockets confidence come playoff time.
Right now the Yankees are not a legitimate World Series contender. This simply because their starting pitching doesn’t stack up to their competitors in the American League. To reach the Fall Classic, the Yanks will likely have to overcome the Astros, Red Sox and Indians. And the reality is, they don’t have the pitching to compete against those three. Not over the course of a five or seven-game series.
There’s nothing worse than poor leadership. A bad CEO can sink a company. An incompetent head coach can destroy a football team. And non-existent leadership can permanently stunt the growth of an NBA franchise. The Knicks not only have bad leadership, they have no leadership. They are led without direction, with no real sense of what the hell they’re doing.