Any way you look at it, the New York Yankees lineup is studded with veterans, former all-stars and future hall of famers, many of whom have slugged their way to the world series and come out champions. Two games into the ALCS, however, the Yankees' offense continues to lie dormant, the bats silenced due to, as described by the players, "indescribable fastballs that are neither fast, straight, nor in the strikezone."
"I can't quite put my finger on it," admitted Curtis Granderson. "It's like a fastball, in that it's a pitch being thrown to me, yet when I swing at it, it's nowhere to be found. If the Tiger pitching staff doesn't start delivering faster, straighter fastballs into the strikezone then I may just be all out of options."
Echoing this sentiment is fastball-hitting coach Kevin Long, who feels that adjustments do need to be made. "Their fastballs are coming out of their hands much slower than we are anticipating, sometimes landing several feet in front of the plate. We are holding up our end of the bargain by swinging, but the fastballs simply are not there. I think we need to take a long hard look at the Tigers and what they could do better to make these playoff games watchable."
The pitch, by which all other accounts is simply a "breaking ball," has the Yankees completely baffled. Over 7 games this postseason they have scored just 18 runs, an average of 2.5 runs per game (they suck.)
One player inparticular seems especially dissatisfied with the pitches he's been seeing at the plate. Alex Rodriguez has described every pitch he's faced up until this point as being both 'too fast' and 'too move-y.'
"There's nothing to really be done at this point but keep benching and unbenching A-Rod and see if it kickstarts the offense," said a despondent Joe Girardi, clearly out of ideas. "At the end of the day it's up to the players. They've got to realize that the pitchers are there to get them out, not help them hit the ball over the fence."
Follow me, a Yankee fan, on Twitter as I twit about every single strikeout at the hands of Justin Verlander tonight. Should be fun.