Do not blame Girardi, blame the offense.
Nick Swisher (1for 34) is a player who has always struggled when post season play starts and I was a big proponent of signing Carlos Beltran and trading Nick Swisher, when the Yankees had the chance this past off-season. Beltran is leading the defending champion St Louis Cardinals, who by the way lost their superstar first baseman Albert Pujols in the offseason, and are three wins away being in the World Series again. Beltran seems to get key hits in the playoffs and would have been a great addition to such a struggling line-up of the New York Yankees.
Curtis Granderson is another player who has struggled this post season. Aside from going 2 for 3 in game 5 of the American League Division Series, Granderson has gotten one hit in three games so far against the Detroit Tigers. His increasing number of strikeouts (195) during the regular season has many wondering if the Yankees may be looking in a different direction with a $13 million option they hold on Granderson.
Managers seem to always be the sacrificial lambs when a team starts to struggle, but in this situation the players are to blame for not performing to their abilities and getting timely hits. After going down 3-0 to the Detroit Tigers, one thing is for certain; the Yankees offseason will be an intriguing one headlined by what to do with third baseman Alex Rodriguez and his 5 years and $114 million left on his contract along with a sour relationship between him and Girardi, who has benched and pinch hit twice for him during this 2012 playoff run.