Monday, October 5, 2015
Posted by el duque at 7:24 PM
Tonight, I'm still trying to fathom how CC Sabathia - a lion of a competitor, a prince of a guy - could devolve into the player who can't even answer the bell in what would likely be his last chance at a World Series. How messed up must he have been in these recent weeks? Dear God, it must have been horrible, the sequence of events that prompts him to walk away from what he was working toward all year - a post-season appearance. It blows your mind. I'm sure we'll learn a lot about CC in the next few days - it is NYC, after all - and I doubt the revelations will be pretty for both Sabathia and the Yankees. It's nice that the franchise is backing him - (we'll see how far they go with that) - but how could things have gotten so bad? This didn't happen overnight.
Close your eyes, and its almost impossible to imagine the 2015 Yankees winning the World Series. It's easier to imagine dolphins rising from the oceans to demand an end to casino gambling. Of course, yes, anything can happen. All you need is a dollar and a dream. They must win tomorrow, then get really hot and really lucky, and that's the beauty of hope: You can always find some. But these Yankees have now gone through one of the ugliest collapses in their history: A sickening end-of-season losing streak that nearly cost them the wild card. Now, they go into October with the bare shell of a staff. Even if their pitchers perform heroics, they're not going to last three and a half weeks.
It's as if the entire year has been a cruel joke by Chris Capuano. He's been DFA'ed multiple times, always returned for one last chance - and then he'd crap the bed again. Yet if the Yankees make the ALCS, we might actually see him again. Can you believe it?
OK... we have Tanaka tomorrow. He was a gamer in Japan. Let's hope he throws a shutout, because we won't score on Dallas Keuchel. Let's say we win. Then we go to KC with a rotation of Severino, Pineda and either Adam Warren or - ugh - Ivan Nova. We will expect Betances and Miller both to pitch two innings per game. And if somehow we beat KC - it's only a five game shot - we face Toronto/Texas over seven. And then the World Series. How many times can Tanaka pitch, especially with a bad hamstring? How many more innings should Severino pitch? How do you figure this team winning it?
Well, you don't. And when it's over - and it ain't 'till it is, somebody said - the 2015 Yankees are going to be remembered for trials and tribulations - and for one ultimate question: How things could have gotten this way?