C.C Sabathia is 2-0 this postseason with an incredible ERA of 1.53. The New York Yankees better hope Sabathia continues that magic Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers or their 2012 MLB season is over. Detroit will counter with 16 game winner Max Scherzer in hopes that he can do exactly what Justin Verlander did Tuesday night. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi threw the kitchen sink at Verlander last night with Brett Gardner atop the lineup, Eric Chavez replacing Alex Rodriguez at third and of course Eduardo Nunez playing for injured Derek Jeter at shortstop. I expect more of the same from Girardi who is not accustomed to playing with his back against the wall
Furthermore, the Yankees played good enough to win last night but just could not get a big hit when needed. The longer this postseason goes on the more tiring the Alex Rodriguez saga gets. As afore mentioned, Rodriguez was benched last night due to his struggles against right handing pitching this season. More drama arose in the ninth when Raul Ibanez was called as a pinch hitter against the lefty Phil Coke and A-Rod remained in a sweatshirt on the bench. Coupled with rumors of him getting dealt due to his big contract, Rodriguez has has a postseason to forget. We’ll see if tonight is any different.
If Sabathia can stifle Detroit bats tonight and force a game 5, the task at hand becomes far less treacherous. At the end of the day, The Yankees need two wins in Detroit to keep this series alive. Oddly enough, I’m still waiting for the big bats of New York to do what they did all season, produce in crunch time. Maybe tonight with their ace on the hill, Girardi and the Yankees will get the offensive explosion they’ve longed for all postseason.