The New York Yankees season is officially over. Detroit swept the Bombers in four games in the American League Championship Series by a combined score of 19-5 (-14 run differential — sorry, I couldn’t resist).
The AL East champs hit .188 as a team during the postseason and skipper Joe Girardi benched Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher. Their ace, CC Sabathia, was charged with five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings pitched in the elimination game four while the lineup combined for just two hits.
New York eliminated my beloved Baltimore Orioles in five games during the ALDS. In the end, their payroll difference of $116,533,290 earned the Yankees just two more regular season wins (95, 93) than the O’s and the same number of postseason victories (3).