Friday, June 24, 2005

Too Little, Too Late

I think we may finally have discovered the theme for these 2005 Yankees. That's it at the top of the page: too little, too late.

This is a dangerous team. At any time, they can lay down a ten spot on you, in any given inning. But they're almost exactly as likely to get shutdown and produce only one run. Their starters can give up six runs in the early going, and never let the offense in the game. When that doesn't happen, their bullpen still has the skills to blow the game.

In the end, what you can see is that there is no sure thing about this team. They can get punked by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. They can beat a good team (although they haven't done so in a while).

Last season, these were the comeback kids. They showed this week that the team still has that potential.

But you're more likely to get something like tonight's game--down 5-2 in the early going, bringing back a couple runs in the final frame, falling just short. This team tries to rally in the late going, but it's always just a little farther behind than it was last year, the offense is just a little bit less deadly. You might bring the tying run to the plate, doesn't mean you're going to score.

Too damn little. Too damn late. You could add too damn expensive, but I think that's a given.

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