The Yanks laid an egg in Game 4 of the ALCS, losing 8-1 as they were swept four straight by the Tigers.
The hitting continued to be putrid. The Yanks got only two hits in the game, a triple by Nunez in the sixth followed later in the inning by a Swisher double. For Swisher, it broke a 1 for 36 or so with RISP run for him in the postseason.
CC Sabathia had nothing. 3 2/3, 6 R, 5 ER, 11 H, 2 walks, 3 K. HR to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and Johnny Peralta. He gave up a run in the first, one in the second and four in the fourth. Down 6-0 after four, and hitless, the Yanks were effectively dead at that point.
Eppley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Rapada 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Joba 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Lowe 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H (Austin Jackson HR), 0 walks, 0 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R (another Peralta HR) 1 H, 0 walks 1 K.
The Tigers hit four HR in the game. The ALCS MVP was Delmon Young.
Over the weekend, I’ll do the postmortem, looking at the terrible batting averages of this postseason and wondering who’ll stay and who’ll go. Frankly, if the Yanks can get rid of A-Rod, I’m all for it. He’s become too much of a distraction to this team.
It’s supposed to be about the team, not any individual. The past few days, it seemed to be that everything, and yes, some was media-driven and blog-driven, was about A-Rod. But A-Rod brought a lot upon himself by not hitting and by other things (the women incident in Game 1 of the ALCS, where he was hitting on them instead of the baseball).
There was a good point on ESPN this morning about Burnett becoming too big a distraction last year, and the Yanks then dumping him. A-Rod is that now. But how to dump him? Who’d take a fading 37-year-old and that contract?
Now I can’t answer who would replace A-Rod if the Yanks get rid of him. Chase Headley is out there as a free agent.
But you wonder if it’s better that A-Rod 1) get his 3000th hit (he is 99 away) 2) his 2000th RBI (50 to go) and 3) pass Willie Mays with HR #661* (14 to go) with another team.
A bigger problem is age. Some guys are going nowhere due to their contracts or fact that they are Yankees’ legends. But let’s face it. Jeter, A-Rod, Kuroda, Ichiro, Lowe, Chavez, Jones, Garcia, Rivera and Pettitte? They are all old. Granted a couple (Jeter, Pettitte, for example) had good years but injury, either mid-season or end of season (Jeter) caught up to the aging players.
The Tigers manhandled the Yanks. Not once in the four games did the Yanks ever have the lead.
The Yankees hit just .157 in the ALCS and .188 for the postseason. Total postseason numbers to come. For example, Chavez was 0 for 16, Alex 3 for 25, Cano 3 for 40. More individual numbers to come over the weekend.
The Cardinals took a 3 games to 1 lead over the Giants in the NLCS. Should they win the NL pennant, St. Louis will then try to become just the fourth NL team to go back-to-back as WS champs, and this right after they lost manager LaRussa and 1B Pujols.
If it is a Tigers/Cardinals WS, it would be the fourth such matchup. The Cardinals won in 7 in 1934, when the “Gashouse Gang” rode Dizzy Dean to an 11-0 shutout in a game Joe “Ducky” Medwick was pulled from by Commissioner Landis when fans threw stuff at him. In 1968 the Tigers came back from a 3-1 deficit, Lolich over Gibson in Game 7. In 2006 the Cardinals won in five when Tiger pitchers proved they couldn’t field.