Which 2004 Yankees roster adjustments would’ve helped the team win the ALCS against Boston?
The Yankees’ collapse from the precipice of ultimate power in 2004 still haunts diehards and casuals alike, to this day. Up 3-0 on the rival Boston Red Sox, following a 19-8 Game 3 victory, with a chance to once again rebuke them forever, the Yanks somehow frittered away four straight, culminating in a home throttling on the Yankee Stadium turf.
But, in reality, the ’04 Yankees’ success was much more of a house of cards than it once seemed. The team outperformed their pythagorean record by 12 wins, nabbing 101 victories when they’d only earned 89 expected wins.
If the team had made these four roster adjustments in the previous offseason (or at the midseason deadline), they might’ve been able to prevent fatigue and weather the storm, instead of giving life to Boston forever.