Yankees Struggles to Continue vs Verlander?

Will the Yankees Bats Wake Up?

10/16/12 in MLB   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Oct 14, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the 2nd inning against the Detroit Tigers during game two of the 2012 ALCS at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsAfter eking out a five-game series win in the ALDS, the Yankees now find themselves in a 2-0 hole heading on the road to face the AL’s reigning MVP and Cy Young Winner.  In two games at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers were a “Valverde” away from being held completely scoreless.  You can throw the blame on the umps or the ball just not bouncing the right way these past couple days, but the truth of the matter is that some of the Yankees biggest bats are just in some of the most untimely cold streaks imaginable. 
 
Here’s a quick look in case you haven’t noticed:
 
Alex Rodriguez: 3 for 23 in playoffs, 1 for 7 in ALCS
Robinson Cano: 2 for 28 in playoffs, 0 for 10 in ALCS
Curtis Granderson: 1 for 23 in playoffs, 0 for 7 in ALCS
Nick Swisher: 4 for 23 in playoffs, 2 for 8 in ALCS
 
As the second-highest scoring offense in the majors this season (just 4 runs behind the Rangers), no one saw a slump like this coming.  For as good as both Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez pitched in New York, the Yankees just have far too much talent to have failed to score a single run off either starter.
 
A-Rod’s has looked completely out of sorts.  His timing is off, his confidence is down, and more importantly when it comes to life as a Yankee, the New York faithful’s confidence in him is similarly low.  When Fister struck out the three-time MVP on four pitches with no outs and men on second and third in the sixth inning of game two, you could see just how lost he is right now, probably not even deserving of a spot in the lineup for Game 3, but we’ll see how the impulsive Joe Girardi happens to be feeling Tuesday.
 
Granderson and Swisher are streaky hitters altogether.  They can get hot like the flip of a switch and it’s when that bottom of the Yankees lineup is producing base runners that this monstrous offense is at its best.
 
The biggest surprise for everyone in the baseball world, however, has been the slump of Robinson Cano.  Notoriously one of the league’s most steady and reliable hitters, Cano has looked slow in the box and hasn’t gotten a hold of a single pitch so far against the Tigers.  And it’s not like the playoffs have treated Cano poorly in the past.  Since 2010, he’s been one of the Yankees most dangerous bats in the playoffs, hitting 19 for 57 with 6 home runs and 15 RBI’s in the Yankees 14 post-season games from 2010 to 2011.  He’s also coming off his first career 30+ home run season and entered this year’s playoffs on a ridiculous 24 for 39 tear in his past nine games.
 
So will the Yankees go down without a fight or will Verlander see a more disciplined lineup in game 3?
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10/22/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

they were sawing wood... have a nice long nap until spring...

10/16/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Gardner 7, Ichiro 9, Teixeira 3, Cano 4, Ibanez DH, Martin 2, Chavez 5, Granderson 8, Nunez 6.

No Swisher or A-Rod. 

they need to shake it up and hope they roll a 7
desperate times call for desperate measures

10/16/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Gardner 7, Ichiro 9, Teixeira 3, Cano 4, Ibanez DH, Martin 2, Chavez 5, Granderson 8, Nunez 6.

No Swisher or A-Rod. 

10/16/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

i think they are done 
stick a fork in them

10/16/12   |   rhracer   |   987 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  (sound of yankee bats)

The Yankees have had a lot of bad luck, Girardi's father pasted away, then Jeter goes down. The rest of them need to step up. But against Verlander next game it will be tough for the Yankee's bats to wake up

10/16/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Fellow Yankee fan here: thoughts on lineup changes? Should Gardner get in the lineup instead of Granderson or Swisher? Chavez or A-Rod? Or Chavez could play third, A-Rod DHs, Ibanez plays left and Ichiro moves to center or right?

I'd put Gardy in for Swisher (as bad as Granderson looks at the plate, I still somehow believe he's got another HR in him, somewhere in there,) and beyond that we've gotta get Ibanez in, preferrably at DH (Comerica's left field is just too big for Ibanez.) 

That leaves A-Rod at 3rd, which is fine. Sadly the mere fact that he's put couple of good swings on the ball in the last 2 games makes him more viable than many other "hitters" in our lineup.

Either way, I've got little hope for tonight. Verlander's too good and we're too bad at the moment.

10/16/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  (sound of yankee bats)

10/16/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

GFortier wrote:
"will the yankee bats wake up?

from a Yankee fan, no. 

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Fellow Yankee fan here: thoughts on lineup changes? Should Gardner get in the lineup instead of Granderson or Swisher? Chavez or A-Rod? Or Chavez could play third, A-Rod DHs, Ibanez plays left and Ichiro moves to center or right?

10/16/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

"will the yankee bats wake up?

from a Yankee fan, no. 

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