Phil Hughes grew to the occasion of pitching in the post season throwing 6.2 innings of 1 run ball, and striking out 8 in the process. Jeter and Nix both had a single and a double in the game, and that pretty much describes the bulk of our offensive output.
Every year, there are guys who help get us a division, and then there's guys who help get us a world series. The guys who help get us a division are the guys who perform well during the season, put up good numbers, and drive in plenty of runs. The guys who help us win world series are the ones who grow to the occasion, and perform when it matters most. The Yankee lineup is full of the former. Just a quick glance at Swisher, Granderson, Cano, and A-Rod's performances, and you see guys who are all hitting under .150 through these 4 games. Granderson's average sits at .063!
Lets go through it:
-Granderson, who hit 43 homeruns this season, has gone 1-16 in the post season (a single), and has struck out 9 times.
-Swisher who hit .272 with 24 homeruns and 93 runs driven in, has gone 2-15, without a single extra base hit.
-A-Rod didn't do so well in the regular season, but Girardi is still batting him like he's a key contributor. He's gone 2-16, without an extra base hit and 9 strikeouts.
-And Robinson Cano, who went .313 in the regular season with 33 homeruns, 94 RBI's and a .379 OBP, has gone 2-18 in the post season.
Mark Teixeira's been batting well, but he's batting more like a number 2 hitter. Gets on base a lot, hits lots of singles, not exactly the number 3 guy we hope for.
Long story short, this team is incredibly dissapointing. Our pitching, which was seen as the weak link this year, has been amazing. But we keep playing like we're being fined for scoring runs. 1 run through 13 innings, with the offense that led the majors in homeruns? Really?
If the Yankees hope for a chance in winning this, we need Ibanez, Chavez and Gardner taking at bats for Swisher, A-Rod, and Granderson. I'd take Nix over A-Rod too. Nix was seeing the ball well yesterday, and we can't afford to pull guys like that out of the lineup.
Now we're going to game 5 with all the momentum swinging in favor of Baltimore. The Yankee offense is a joke, and Sabathia who has a history of choking in the post season, is getting the start. This is the exact scenario we wanted to avoid. If Sabathia pitches like he did in game 1, will the offense show up?
Will the Yankees Please Think of the Children?
Russel Martin 1hr = $2
Raul Ibanez 2hr = $4
Total Postseason Home runs 3hr = $6