It has been a postseason to forget for the so called “Bronx Bombers.” This MLB powerhouse has no shortage of talent or expense, however the production has lacked here in October. Five out of the nine New York Yankees starters have postseason averages below .200. Oddly enough, the Yankees are still alive and in large part due to unlikely heroes like the ageless wonder Raul Ibanez. Furthermore, lets dive into the Yankees high priced bats not getting the job done.
2B Robinson Cano - (2 – 32)
Had it not been for career years from Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout Cano’s name would have been prevalent in the AL MVP race. Can0 totaled 33 HR’s, drove in 94 and maintained a .313 average for 2012. A baffling change of events, Cano has yet to find his mid-summer self against neither the Baltimore Orioles or the Detroit Tigers.
3B Alex Rodriguez – (3 – 23)
The last four postseason series for Rodriguez have not been pretty. Dating back to last years ALCS the All-Star has a batting average of .142, and has drove in zero runs in 23 at bats here in 2012. A-Rod has produced in the postseason before, as in 2009 he led the Yankees to a World Series by hitting .378 and driving in 18 along with six HR’s.
CF Curtis Granderson - (3-29)
A former Tiger, Granderson has been an utter disappointment this postseason. Although he did strikeout 195 times in 2012, Granderson is striking out a ridiculous 53% clip. Hopefully returning to his old stomping grounds will get the Yankee Center Fielder back on track.
Tuesday Night is the biggest game of the season for the Yankees and with Derek Jeter going down it will not be any easier doing battle with 2011 AL MVP SP Justin Verlander. This series is far from over, however the “Bronx Bombers” must provide some sort of explosion on Tuesday.