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Yankees short hops10/21/2004 1:46 AM ET
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- No hay mañana. There is no tomorrow.
A look at the key statistics from the ALCS. Team stats
The old saw says that you're only as good as your next pitcher, particularly in the playoffs. In this case, the Yankees weren't very good at all. New York's starting pitchers put up a 5.40 ERA during this series, and the number is only that good because of stellar outings by Mike Mussina and Jon Lieber. Kevin Brown got hit hard and knocked out early twice, putting a lot of strain on New York's bullpen. Frozen moment
Second inning, one out, three men on base. The Yankees trail by two runs and Johnny Damon's at the plate, trying to add to his team's lead. Damon had been one of the coldest hitters in the series, but he erased that history with a grand slam over the right-field fence. He came back later with a two-run shot, putting the game out of reach and the series on ice. Second guess
Both Brown and Javier Vazquez were working on short rest, complicating Joe Torre's game-day decision on his starting pitcher. Brown had gotten rocked in his last start, though, and Vazquez had picked him up with some effective relief. On this night, it didn't matter: Neither Brown nor Vazquez pitched well, sinking the Yankees into desperate straits. Still, given that he's younger and healthier, Vazquez would've made more sense on the starting rubber. Modern history
Two stats stand out, and the fans have heard them enough to know them by heart. The Red Sox became the first team in baseball history to win a seven-game series after falling behind by three games, succeeding where 25 teams before them had failed. And Joe Torre lost for the first time in ALCS play, dropping his record in World Series qualifiers to 6-1. The Yankees are now four years removed from their last World Series ring, but they've qualified for the playoffs in 10 straight seasons. Last word
"We had a couple of games, if you go back in the series, where we had situations the way we wanted it -- leads late in the game -- and we just couldn't close the deal. We certainly never took them for granted, even up 3-0, because we know how explosive they can be."
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