Here's the 411. Over the next couple of months I am going to crudely single out all but four teams and label them audaciously as having zero chance of winning the 2008 World Series. What will this arrogance get me? Nothing bar a torrent of abuse in the event I get it wrong and one of the chosen gang of Chug Monkeys turns out to be the World Series champs. Let's start insulting people!
Oh boy oh boy, I have been waiting for this entry. So much so that I am going to break out the Gorilla. Yes, it's just that good.
This pack of under achieving wasters are not only not going to win the 2008 World Series, they are also not even going to make the playoffs, criminal for a team with such a high payroll. What's the problem so, is there any one thing that defines this Titanic like failure? The beauty of it all is this team is a total car crash right now, from top to bottom, at almost all levels of the organisation. The once proud dynasty has nothing of any reasonable trade value in its farm system. The prospects it has available for MLB use are failing miserably. If they aren't on the DL they are on a shuttle back and forth between the majors and the minors.
They are almost ten games behind their division leaders and showing now signs of life at all. Their superstar recently tried to steal third base in a big game with the count 3-0 on the batter, meaning the man at the plate didn't swing and the catcher threw the 'superstar' out by a country mile.
They are getting absolutely whipped at least once or twice a week, often by club record scores. Their overpaid, over-aged and over hyped batters are completely and utterly impotent in the clutch in '08. They rank 22nd in on-base-plus-slugging with runners in scoring position. Pathetic. Beautifully pathetic. Their poster boy super star leads the backwards charge batting a timid .200 with runners in scoring position and two outs. He can slam the ball to the moon against Kansas or Cleveland, but in the crunch he runs and hides.
Out of 38 remaining games they only have 16 at home, and they have a couple of ferocious road trips that will be taxing both mentally and physically, particularly when then average age of their lineup is about 47. In September they have a ten game road trip that will see them travel over 2,500 miles.
These guys are all but dead and buried.
Ding dong, the witch is dead. After last night's shallacking there can be no doubt in anyones mind, The New York Yankees will not be winning the 2008 World Series. You can take that to the bank.
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