Will the Pinstripes bleed
to gray in 2003?

The long season caught up to the aging New York staff in 2002, and the risk of a similar meltdown is a concern for this October.

Updated: April 17, 2003, 6:06 PM ET
By Stephanie Sluke, STATS, Inc.
What exactly happened to the Yankees' starters in last fall's ill-fated attempt to reach the World Series for the fifth straight postseason?

During the regular season, the Yankees' rotation was arguably the American League's best. After a 103-58 campaign, the Yanks had New Yorkers feeling that a championship banner was coming back to the Bronx. But when the starters posted a 10.38 ERA versus the eventual world champion Anaheim Angels in a four-game ALDS, New York's championship dreams quickly were doused. The long season seemed to catch up to the aging New York staff, and the risk of a similar meltdown is a concern for this October.


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