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Narratives: True And False


As with any postseason series, the first three games of Yankees-Tigers has inspired a number of narratives.  Most are not worth buying into despite their attractiveness as stories.

1.  The Yankees aren't hitting.  They've scored 16 runs in three games despite facing the Cy Young winner, a Max Scherzer who had great stuff, and a bullpen widely touted as one of the best in baseball.  Also, small sample sizes, small sample sizes, small sample sizes.

2. A-Rod isn't helping, it's 2006 all over again.  Heard this on sports talk radio this morning.  He's been fielding great, drawing walks and drove in the first run yesterday.  Do we want more from our $25 million #5 hitter? Yes.  But he's contributing.  Also, small sample sizes, small sample sizes, small sample sizes.

3. Verlander was awesome.  Posnanski does a better job with this one than I ever could: http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/10/04/verlander-and-narratives/

There are a few narratives I do buy in,to, notably they are more present on this website and from web pundits than in the mainstream media.  Girardi had an awful game 2.  The strike zone last night was a joke.  These kind of things happen in short series which is why the better team doesn't always win.  The Yankees lost to inferior teams in 2006 and 2003.  They beat a better team in 2001.  It happens.  Hopefully AJ comes through tonight and the Yanks pound Porcello.  Then the narrative of this series will change.  But the Yankees will be the same team tomorrow, that they are today regardless, a team that nearly won 100 games this year and is one of the best in the majors.

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