- Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE
The New York Yankees are currently down 3-0 in the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. However, the road to their current predicament is quite shocking. New York has given up a total of eleven runs in the series. That statistic gives an impression that the Yankees were up 3-0 in the series, considering their potent offense. Or at the very worst, New York would be down 2-1 against Detroit.
Yankee pitching has been pretty solid against the Tigers. Ironically, it’s been the prolific New York offense that has let the team down. The first domino of misfortune fell when Yankees’ shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter suffered a season ending broken left ankle in Game One of the series.
New York Yankees’ fans expecting the team to pick up the offensive slack in Jeter’s absence are sadly disappointed. Collectively, the Yankees are batting .182 for the series. Yankees’ second baseman Robinson Cano, New York’s most consistent offensive player during the 2012 MLB season, is batting a microscopic .071 for the series. That’s not the contribution Yankees’ fans need from their young, superstar second baseman.
Making matters worse is the exploits of the Yankees’ potent power hitter, outfielder Curtis Granderson. Granderson led New York with 43 home runs during the regular season. However, performance against the Tigers suggests he would have trouble hitting the ocean if he fell out a boat. Granderson has yet to collect a hit in the series, going 0 for 10.
But the most startling development was the benching of Yankee superstar third baseman Alex Rodriguez by New York manager Joe Girardi before Game Three. That would have been unthinkable during Rodriguez’ prime, when he was considered the best all-around player in baseball. The days of Rodriguez, or “A-Rod”, as he’s affectionately called, frequently hitting towering home runs are done. Rodriguez is hitting .250 for the series, which is respectable in comparison to Cano and Granderson. However, Rodriguez has yet to deliver an RBI. When the Yankees’ leading RBI producers are outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez, you’ve got some issues.
It’s going to take a miracle like Jeter hobbling out of the dugout and hitting a pinch hit home run to win Game Four for New York to even think about winning the series. Seriously, even if the Yankees were to win Game Four, it’s unlikely their dormant offense would be able to wake up and become effective enough to win the last three games. It’s a wonderful thought, but I’m not holding my breath.