Human beings are creatures of habit. We go through the same routine day-in and day-out with little variance in how we operate. We wake-up, take a shower, go to work. come home, and go to sleep. This routine is repeated for five days a week. All year round.
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.
Judging by the comments New York Yankees General Manager, Brian Cashman made about the Boston Red Sox this off-season, which were echoed by Red Sox GM, Dave Dombrowski about the Bombers following MLB Trade Deadline Monday, it seems that in one form or fashion the Golden State Warriors will win the AL East crown.
“We’ve got good vibes going on”, Todd Frazier said, “Everybody’s coming in here and you can feel it. I’ve been on winning teams before and when you come to the ballpark it’s all smiles. Guys are joking around a lot. When you win, good stuff happens.”
I could not agree more with one of the newest Yankees comments when it comes to winning. The one thing I would add is the importance of team chemistry.
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.