For the second straight game, the New York Yankees have decided to bench third baseman Alex Rodriguez due to his poor struggles in the postseason. Rodriguez did not play in Tuesday night’s loss to the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 in which he could have been used as a pinch-hitter in a few spots.
Rodriguez is 1-for-12 against the Tigers’ Game 4 pitcher Max Scherzer.
Manager Joe Girardi has also decided to bench Curtis Granderson who Girardi has been loyal to Granderson through his own struggles. In the series, Granderson is 0-for-10 in the with six strikeouts and could be the fifth Yankee batter in an LCS or World Series where he had 10 at-bats.
Two names that remain constant in the lineup from Game 3 are Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez. Gardner did not have a good game batting from the lead-off spot going 0-for-4. Nunez was 1-for-3 with his lone hit being a home run coming in the ninth inning off of Justin Verlander. Gardner will bat eighth, Nunez ninth.
Nick Swisher will be back in the lineup batting behind Ichiro Suzuki. Swisher was on-deck when Raul Ibanez struck out on a nasty Phil Coke slider to end the ball game. Swisher is 2-for-10 all-time against Scherzer with five strikeouts and four walks. If Swisher could keep drawing walks, it would give the Yankees a better chance to score runs.
Starter CC Sabathia will try to save the Yankees from elimination and the team’s first sweep in a postseason series since 1980.
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