Even if you picked the Texas Rangers to reach the World Series before the playoffs started, there's always something at least a little bit shocking about the New York Yankees failing to go all of the way.
They play in the biggest city, they spend the most money, they have the most storied reputation, they've won the most championships. They're the Yankees. They should win every year (just ask 'em).
But it didn't happen. The Rangers didn't even let the Yankees get close, finishing them off with a 6-1 victory in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman knows the score — literally and figuratively.
From ESPN New York:
Manager Joe Girardi and his binder didn't mince words, either.
"They manhandled us," Cashman said.
"Take away one inning and one game, and it was very one-sided," [Girardi said.]
He and Cashman are both right. "Manhandled" and "one-sided" are great descriptor of how the series went.
The Rangers outscored the Yankees 38-19, out-hit them .301 to .201. They out-slugged 'em and out-ran 'em, too. It makes, then, that New York's pitchers finished with a 6.58 ERA.
Shock for the Yankees. Awe for the Rangers.
Girardi didn't have a great series managing and he's hearing criticism about it. Some of his decisions — leaving a pitcher in too long here, or going to the wrong one there — probably helped the Rangers.
But let's be real. Even if Girardi had managed like the ghost of John McGraw, the Rangers would have won anyway.
It's still a shocker.