June 16, 2021

The Yankees Overperformed Because They Overplanned (FanGraphs)


The Yankees’ preparation for the worst made them one of the best. (Photo: Keith Allison)

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière

Injuries are one of baseball’s most common complaints. If there has ever been a contender that fell short without blaming injuries as one of the reasons, I certainly don’t remember them. What’s rarely admitted to is the fact that almost every team suffers these setbacks, and that it’s the teams that get to play with their entire on-paper roster from the preseason that are the extreme outliers.

The 2019 Yankees didn’t need many excuses for their final results. Despite losing most of the desired starting lineup and their best pitcher from 2018, the team won 103 games, three more than the previous year. As an Oriole fan who grew up in Baltimore, the Yankees being so darn good despite all of their setbacks is irksome. As a baseball analyst, I can’t help but admire what they accomplished.

The Setup

One of the less appreciated aspects of the 2018 Yankees was just how young the roster was. No, the Yankees weren’t coming out of a rebuild, but the team’s construction historically has…

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