With Derek Jeter splitting the day between the doctor’s office and his home in Manhattan, there were hopes among all the remaining Yankees that they might raise their game to compensate for the loss of their captain. But, if anything, they lowered their performance.
Almost all the Yankees’ remaining high-paid star hitters, including supertsr Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and the storied team’s other iconic player Alex Rodriguez, continued to struggle and in some cases looked even worse, as the Tigers, behind Anibal Sanchez’s dominance, went up two games to none in the ALCS.
The Yankees find themselves in a massive hole after losing two straight games at home and also their beloved captain, and now they must find a way to break through against baseball’s best and hottest pitcher, Justin Verlander in Game 3 at Detroit. Judging by how they were flummoxed by Sanchez in the 3-0 defeat (and really this whole postseason), the Yankees’ chances don’t look especially promising against the overpowering, unshakeable Verlander back in Detroit.
...There are culprits everywhere, not just A-Rod. Cano is in an historic hitting slump. Cano made it 0-for-his-last-26 this postseason, a major-league for ineptitude in one postseason.
It’s hard to believe Cano’s hitting is actually slightly worse than that of Alex Rodriguez, Granderson and Swisher, the black hole (Nos. 6 through 8) in a reconfigured Yankees lineup to accommodate the loss of Jeter and everyone’s varying degrees of struggle. A-Rod went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, the hitting coming against Coke after he went 0-for-3 against the righthander Sanchez. It’ll be interesting to see whether A-Rod, now 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts vs. right-handers in the playoffs, stays in the lineup vs. Verlander; since he was 4 for 6 with two home runs against Verlander in 2012, the guess is yes.
Posted: October 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM | 111 comment(s)
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