17 October 2012

Any chance that the Yankees avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tigers?

The 2012 ALCS could be coming to a conclusion this evening at Comerica Park as Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers have the chance to sweep the New York Yankees and advance to the Fall Classic. Is there any chance that New York can force a fifth game?

If there was any chance for the Yankees to get a much needed victory to survive for another day, tonight would be the game. The Yanks have their ace CC Sabathia on the hill and he is the one guy that the team wants to throw out with the season on the line. Plus they are facing Max Scherzer who even though he had a tremendous season this year, the best of his career, he does still have a reputation for some inconsistency, but if he pitches tonight like he has most of his career, it will be tough for the Yankees.

But for anything else to occur, the Yankees desperately need their offense to get cranked up, as it has been largely dormant all series long. Statistically, New York had one of the best offenses in baseball this year, second in baseball in runs per game, but they have only scored five runs all series against Detroit and all have come with the long ball. And a statistic that has really killed the team, and shown how they have been so wasteful of good starts, is that they have not scored any runs before the seventh inning this series. As a club, they are batting a putrid .182.

The majority of the blame has come on Alex Rodriguez, and a lot of that blame is fair considering his enormous salary as well as the fact that he is batting .143 this series and is mired in a 3-for-23 slump with 12 strikeouts. But he is far from the only one whose bat has been silent. Curtis Granderson is 0-for-10 this series and only three for his last 29 with 15 strikeouts. Robinson Cano only has one hit out of fourteen at-bats this series and he is three for his last 36, notably going 0-29 into Tuesday night. And what has made it hard to sit Rodriguez is the fact that Eric Chavez, his backup, is 0 for his last fourteen.

If the team can finally get their offense to wake up, it will be much appreciated by the pitching staff, which has gotten no run support, seemingly. If New York can get their offense cranked up, who knows what will happen in this series.

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