Well, you can’t win if you don’t score runs. I’m pretty sure the Yankees before tonight hadn’t been swept in a postseason series during the present era.
Back in the late nineties, when Joe Torre regularly gave birth to victory from his forehead, they made it look easy. I used to wonder what was wrong with Bobby Cox and his Braves, always the best team in the league, then as often as not getting knocked out in the playoffs. During that long dynasty (if it amounted to that), the Braves only won the World Series once. I now realize that, with all the levels of playoffs, it is really, really hard to win it all. The Yankees of the Early Torre Period (we’ll say 1996 to 2001), a team of steady and quietly productive not-quite-Hall-of-Famers, were exceptional, or were simply freaks of nature.