Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ALCS Game 3: Tigers 2, Yankees 1

A lineup shakeup and another solid outing by a starting pitcher were supposed to do the trick last night. But the new lineup was just as bad as the previous ones and the starter's back tightened up. The Yankees are now one loss away from the end of their season.


Like it did to many others, that lineup raised my eyebrows when it was announced late yesterday. I tried to express how I felt on Twitter:


and,


As everyone knows, Gardner went 0-4 and Granderson went 0-3. And even though Ichiro (2-4) and Teixeira (1-4) continued their good postseasons at the plate and Robinson Cano finally got off the snide, the Yankees could manage only 1 run, on the Nunez homer. (Nunez also made it through the game without making an error. That's something to celebrate. Well, no, not really.)

I guess you can take solace in the fact that they were beaten by the opposing team's ace, Justin Verlander, and not Joe No Name. But Verlander has been rather ordinary in his career against the Yankees. That's why I was okay with CC Sabathia not starting last night as so many other people wanted him to.

Now it's just a matter of time before the end comes. I don't see the 2004 Red Sox in this Yankee team. They'll be cleaning out their lockers before the beginning of next week.

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