With the hot-hitting Robinson Cano on deck, Alex Rodriguez whiffed — again — to end the game Monday night. So is it time to drop him in the batting order? Not according to the Yankees’ manager.
Sometimes, postseason experience isn’t all that important. How else to explain the Baltimore Orioles beating the playoff-tested New York Yankees, and rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitching 40-year-old Andy Pettitte?
Playoff under-performers Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira have gotten off to a hot start in the ALDS.
It’s a new season, one Pettitte knows better than most. On Monday night, he’ll have his eye on No. 20 — as in career postseason victories.
They say everything changes in October. New heroes are born and others fall from greatness. That was certainly the case Sunday night.
“I said it was his game,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It was his game to either win or lose, and that’s exactly what he did. He went out and won the game for us.”
Detroit will go for a sweep of the division series matchup in Game 3 on Tuesday at Oakland.
Joe Girardi has placed 11 pitchers on the team’s 25-man roster for the AL divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles.
It matters little who the Bombers play in the ALDS, because Mark Teixeira has the winning Rx: Yankee baseball.
Regardless of where you stand on the new MLB playoff schedule, one thing is for sure: The new format could hurt the teams with the best records, both on the field and in the pocket
With the new playoff format, the Yankees’ next move is to, well, be patient. “To have the best record and not know where you’re going is strange,” manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yanks are a confident team now, a powerful team. They found their swagger. Now the Bombers go straight to the three-of-five ALDS, where they sit, appropriately, at No. 1.
“Are jobs riding on this? Not that I know of,” Steinbrenner told reporters outside the Yankees’ clubhouse on Monday. “Jobs are not riding on this. We’ll look at everything in the offseason, as we always do.”
This is what makes the Yanks so interesting: no one truly knows which team will appear on the field this weekend. Or for Friday’s wild card game. Or for a 163rd game in Baltimore.
A lot of my friends are Yankee fans and as a follower of the Mets, I feel their pain today. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m elated the Yanks lost but I did feel compelled to write something about the Evil Empire’s season coming to an abrupt end.
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