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2004 Yankees Roster Tweaks That Would’ve Pushed Them Past Red Sox

The Yankees’ collapse from the precipice of ultimate power in 2004 still haunts diehards and casuals alike, to this day. Up 3-0 on the rival Boston Red Sox, following a 19-8 Game 3 victory, with a chance to once again rebuke them forever, the Yanks somehow frittered away four straight, culminating in a home throttling on the Yankee Stadium turf.

But, in reality, the ’04 Yankees’ success was much more of a house of cards than it once seemed. The team outperformed their pythagorean record by 12 wins, nabbing 101 victories when they’d only earned 89 expected wins.