Will the Yankees Bats Wake Up?
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?