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Was the Yankees-Tigers series the worst postseason sweep ever?

Oct 22, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

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It may have felt like that for Yankees fans, but according to Chris Jaffe’s admittedly random and non-scientific formula involving blowouts, lead changes and run differential, it only ranks as the fourth worst sweep in playoff history. Although:

“When you factor in all the stuff the system doesn’t account for—Jeter’s injury, the booing, A-Rod’s benching—this one probably deserves to be kicked up a bit”

Agreed. There were worse blowouts, obviously, and Chris’ choice of number one is a good one that often goes unnoticed for understandable reasons, but there was a more dispiriting feel to this year’s ALCS than a lot of past playoff sweeps.

Even if you disagree, it’s a fun article which reminds you that not every playoff series is magical.

  1. realgone2 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Not even close. The worst was the ’66 WS. The Orioles destroyed the favored Dodgers.

    • polegojim - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Not from my seats!

      Go TIGERS!

  2. stex52 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    I’m pretty surprised that the White Sox sweep of the Astros in 2005 didn’t rank higher. Probably because it was an offensive futility series. The games were close because no one could hit. It wasn’t much fun from a Houston standpoint, though.

  3. kiwicricket - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    ‘Was the Yankees-Tigers series the BEST postseason sweep ever’ ???

    …the booing, ARods benching, Swisher’s hurt feelings, the rag newspapers reaction afterwards….

    • Old Gator - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      I don’t know that the reactions of the New York Pestilence added much of anything to the experience. It’s nauseating enough to check out my soymilk and tofu past the gauntlet of tabloid viscosity at Publix as it is. I can’t even imagine if I’d want to eat at all if I had to read the cover of the Pestilence as well.

      • kiwicricket - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        Soymilk and tofu? Two negatives make a positive, huh? That stuff will lower your testosterone, clinically proven by someone somewhere.
        Get stuck into some Halloumi. Don’t let it get cold.

      • Old Gator - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        If by lowering my testosterone it’ll save some of my hair, more power to it. As for the rest of it, well, there’s Viagra….

    • historiophiliac - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      I thought it was pretty beautiful myself.

      • Old Gator - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Come shop at Publix with me sometime….

      • historiophiliac - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        I don’t know Publix. I’m tempted to drop a Piggly Wiggly joke though.

    • stex52 - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Well, if media narratives are your criterion, it was a pretty great series.

      But that’s a pretty regular East Coast coverage phenomenon.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Dunno, there just seems to be something missing from the usual hysteria over the Yankees’ failure. Something above and beyond the media rage and scapegoating. Took a while, but I finally remembered.

      George Steinbrenner. Now there was a man who could create hysteria all by himself, even when the Yankees were winning. His sons just don’t seem up to the task.

      Rest in Peace, George.

  4. Old Gator - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    It’s a fun system, kinda like the baseball prediction equivalent of cold fusion. I think though that spoiled expectations should be factored in as well, in which case this series really gets “kicked up” a bit. Then again, there were warnings. The Borg lost a huge divisional lead in September, playing poorly all month, only finding a little extra gas once the Gloryholes were nipping hard at their tushies and barely eking out the division lead at the wire. Maybe we should have seen this coming – and didn’t only because that stellar Borg mystique obscured how vulnerable they really were.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      “finding a little extra gas once the Gloryholes were nipping hard at their tushies”


    • cackalackyank - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      I have to say I saw it coming…at one point I speculated that the Yankees might not even make the playoffs due to hitting with RISP issue. I also opined (very wrongly), that if the Yankees didn’t go to the world series it MIGHT be because of the pitching at that point…but nope, even allowing for CC’c dud…the pitching can’t be listed as the cause for what is likely one of the 3 worst NYY performances in the post season. (’04,’12,’76)

  5. pisano - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    To Yankee fans, it was pretty damn ugly.

    • Old Gator - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      It was probably ugly to Beanbag fans as well. It’s one thing to know you were beaten by the best. What satisfaction could they take in having been bested in the division by a team that played so terribly?

  6. sdelmonte - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Yeah, the ’89 Series has to count as the worst. But it gets a huge asterisk, since I suspect that to a very large degree, no one’s head was really in it by the time play resumed. It was a bigger victory for the Bay Area that life could go on than any the A’s did on the field. This isn’t to take anything away from the A’s, but we will never know what might have been if the third game wasn’t pre-empted.

  7. fmlizard - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Any Twins v. Yankees playoff series has been really dispiriting and lopsided for Twins fans.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Number 1, the beatdown that made the earth shake.

    This Yankees series: A beatdown so bad it lft the lowered, shamefull heads of the yankees fans, shaken.

  9. ericellers - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    How did the 09 Angels ADLS sweep of the Bosox not make the list?

  10. droogleeddie - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Yankee OPS was .488… Even the Black Sox had a .683. As a Yankee fan, there has only been one other ALCS loss that was harder for me to watch.

  11. ericellers - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Let me guess, 04? That’s why this doesn’t really bother me so much, cause 04 gave me Gator skin!

  12. ericellers - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    heyblueyoustink | Oct 22, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT
    Number 1, the beatdown that made the earth shake.
    Must be a phillie fan. LOL!!!

    • kiwicricket - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Do you realize there is a little reply button next to the comment?

  13. pinkfloydprism - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Not for Red Sox fans. I know a few that thought it was pretty awesome!

  14. tboneis - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    In watching the Yankees, you could just feel they were completely checked out!! You could just feel during the ALCS the Yankees had suddenly morphed into a very bad team over nite! Very weird!!

  15. michflaguy - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    OK…first, it was one of the BEST sweeps of all time. Seriously journalists…you need to leave NY and LA every once in a while to see what is happening in the REAL world.

    Secondly, the Tigers now officially OWN the Yankees in the post-season. This is the THIRD time since 2006 that the Tigers have sent the Yankees home early.

    And finally…this is the end of this Yankee era. Jeter may (or may not) return. A-Rod will be run out of town – and he’ll probably go happily. Rivera may (or may not) be back – but if anyone can come back at that age, it’s him. Swisher is history. Ibanez is 40 (God love ’em!). This bunch is DONE.

    Let the rebuilding phase begin!

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