The Yankees’ strategy worked during the regular season — outscoring teams with their potent offense so that their best relievers could secure the wins — but was strained in October.
Like I said, I just thought it was funny. The strategy was similar to Klentak's even in the regular season but their hitters hit, their relievers were healthy/effective and the caliber of their "thin" rotation was considerably higher than ours. If Happ had been what they expected and Domingo German hadn't gotten suspended (or even if they'd just kept Sonny Gray) who knows. But, like the Phillies, they wouldn't go to six years on Corbin.
And in reality, it's just how the playoffs go, whether you call it random or just the razor-thin margin between success and failure. They almost got to a Game 7. Most times a playoff series ends with an otherwise great reliever blowing it. The familiarity thing might be one reason but in some ways it's also just roulette. The other night, both closers blew it, Osuna just had a bigger cushion and a home frame to follow.
Now we're gonna watch two teams that both have three great starting pitchers (in theory), but Game 4 will probably be the bullpen game on which the series turns, and I'm sure we'll see a couple of blown saves.