Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hank, don't believe the hype from the Star-Ledger et al.

The Star-Ledger's headline: "Posada: Yanks Must Sign Santana, Re-sign Pettitte," but nowhere in the article does he say that. His quote:
  • "We need a No. 1," Posada said. "We certainly need a No. 1, and I think that's the reason we're going after Santana." Posada stressed that the Yankees need an ace pitcher in the playoffs."
(Continuing): "It is a need in October, no question about it," Posada said. "I think when you look at the past World Series champions they were able to have a No. 1 throwing three games, or at least two games, to win the title."
  • (P.S. Santana doesn't have a great record in the post season. See his performance in the must-win game for the Twins, Game 4, 2004 ALDS. He left after 5 innings to a cheering crowd, Twins leading 5-1. The Yankees ended up winning 6-5 in 11 innings. The winning pitcher? Mariano Rivera. Santana has never shown the stamina needed to make it through 2 or 3 levels of post season play. In the 2004 ALDS, he couldn't get his team out of the first round. I'm not saying he isn't a great pitcher, but he's not a magician). sm
Baseball-Reference Santana's post season record.

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