Year to year they are arguably the most consistent/best team.
Lackey was hurt and isn't dominating. Escobar is hurt all year. Santana is a mess. Vlad isn't killing the ball and Shields is struggling in the pen. No K-Rod. And yet they are again winning their division and looking like a guarantee playoff team.
Is it all on Scoscia? Is it the style of aggressive baseball that wears other teams down over 162 games? I'm just confused as to why this team consistently wins no matter what they have going wrong.
I tend to think it's the pressure they put on other teams and their usual great bullpen. Their style of hitting seems to force other teams to make mistakes. I also think they way they practice running the bases is a huge component of why they scrap out wins.
Anyone got any ideas that I left out?