The Yankees simply have virtually nobody who can hit. Down three games to none after a 2-1 defeat to Detroit, the Yankees are down and out. The fall has been quick and precipitous.
It’s the second time that A-Rod has been benched this postseason. He’s 3-for-26 in the playoffs so far, and is 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers.
Alex Rodriguez started the Yankees’ biggest game of the year on the bench. After being pinch-hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Formerly fearsome hitters Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez could both be sacrificed in a drastically different Yankees lineup Friday.
I know you’re feeling the anxiety during these games. It’s okay. That’s what you’re supposed to feel. It’s October baseball.
Joe Girardi has placed 11 pitchers on the team’s 25-man roster for the AL divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Joe Girardi said it will be difficult to find many at-bats for Gardner down the stretch, but he can use the speedy outfielder as a pinch runner and defensive replacement.
With the season winding down and the American League East still in doubt, the Yankees are considering activating outfielder Brett Gardner, the team’s official site reported on Tuesday evening. The catch? He wouldn’t be asked to hit.
Joe Girardi told reporters today that Brett Gardner is close to returning in a limited role.
The Yankees defeated the Mariners 6-2 on Sunday, before heading out on a 7-game road trip.
Bottom line here is this—the Yankees are always trying to win, but there are times to say no.
Neil Keefe and Sweeny Murti look at the Yankees as they return home from a 2-5 West Coast road trip with Ichiro Suzuki, but without Alex Rodriguez.
Ichiro Suzuki last played in meaningful games in the final weeks of the regular season more than 10 years ago. Now he’s playing for a team that is disappointed when it doesn’t win a World Series title.
This doesn’t go into the overkill category that “trade-for-ARod-and-make-him-a-third-baseman” seemed in 2004. But but trading for Ichiro Suzuki definitely felt like a Yankee move.
Ichiro Suzuki has a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series. “I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,” he said. “It’s hard to contain my excitement for that reason.”