LADY AT THE BAT: Yanks Loss To Detroit May Be A Playoff Premonition

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Yanks Loss To Detroit May Be A Playoff Premonition

You really couldn't expect Justin Verlander to lose three straight decisions to the New York Yankees. After all, he's Justin Verlander. Verlander broke his losing streak last night, striking out 14 in the process (getting Ichirio 3 times), en route to a 7-2 win over the Yankees. 
I watched as much of this game as I could before my confidence disappeared and I switched to the Olympics. My confidence disappeared partly because I thought ahead to the postseason. I couldn't help thinking ahead. Justin Verlander made sure I couldn't help it. 

The Yankees are likely to face pitching like Verlander's, or close to it, every game in October. This team, with their all-or-nothing offense and slightly more than anemic arms on the mound, are no match for great pitching, whether it is during a high stakes playoff game in October, or an early August contest in Detroit. 

When I made my predictions at the start of the season, I picked the Yankees to make it to the ALCS. I'm not so sure about that now. I hate to admit it. I don't want to even think about it, but my prediction might be turning into a premonition. That premonition is simply this: Another first-round exit for the New York Yankees.


Anonymous said...

I would argue that the Yanks are going to face a picther like 'verlander' every start. They will be tough but he is special. Plus the other team will be facing CC and Kuroda possibly Petite, not too shabby either. If it is a game like the other night where Kuroda lost 1-0 then so be it can't do much better than that but I also remember last year that Verlander was a non-issue, so you never know

Bernadette Pasley said...

I wish I could be that positive. I'm sorry but, CC and Kuroda don't measure up to guys like Verlander and Jered Weaver, either one of whom the Yankees could face twice in a 5 game series. The more I think about it the more I'm convinced that the Yankees won't make it out of the first round, once again. :(

Unknown said...

It'll be October. Heroes, expected and otherwise, will stand up for the Yankees, the way they usually do, and pitchers who can't lose will lose. Calm down, we got this.

Bernadette Pasley said...

You mean like last year, Unknown, when they got bounced int the first round? That's pie-in-the-sky thinking. You need to come back to Earth and face reality. This team isn't going anywhere this October.