The American League Championship Series is only two games old and there’s been more drama packed into those two games than what’s usually written for a soap opera sweeps month.
You start with Derek Jeter’s broken ankle. Add to that the Yankees’s offensive woes. Then sprinkle in Nick Swisher’s sadness over being chided by the fans in the stands for his poor performance and add a dash of Alex Rodriguez, who also is having an abysmal postseason, actually saying the right things.
Mix them all together and you have a recipe for high drama.
Jeter’s broken ankle
Seeing Derek Jeter being helped off the field on Saturday night was not fun at all. The feeling of dread that consumed every Yankee fan from here to Siberia was similar to the feeling of dread we all had the day when Mariano Rivera tore his ACL. Doom and gloom were in the air and the Stadium turned into a funeral home when the Tigers ended up winning Game 1 by a score of 6-4.
Jeter was by far the best hitter in the Yankee lineup during this postseason and as evidenced last night, he will be missed.
Word is that Jeter will most likely need surgery on his ankle and he won’t even be with his teammates in Detroit for Games 3 and 4 – Game 5 if necessary.
The Abysmal Offense
So much has been said about how bad the Yankees offense is. It is truly an unbelievable sight to behold. It seems like every batter starts in an 0-2 hole and can’t recover. Another amazing stat is that the Yankees have been scoring more from the ninth inning on than they are in innings 1-8.
How is that even possible?
Are the guys they’re facing unstoppable? Not really. They’re not terrible either. It’s a combination of the opposing pitchers having a game plan for the Yankee batters and the Yankee batters failing to make any adjustments.
How many times do I have to see Robinson Cano flailing at pitches outside of the strike zone? Enough is enough already.
And not that Cano is the only guy in the lineup having problems – the team’s average is .205 so far for the playoffs – but he seems to be the one that looks the most out of sync. He also now owns the Yankees’s playoff record for futility with an 0-26 streak at the plate.
Can you believe that? In all the years the Yankees have been around and have been in the playoffs, Robinson Cano of all people now owns that record.
It’s as if someone put a curse on this team. Silly fans, we all thought the injuries throughout the season were bad. They were nothing compared to this.
The Boo Hoo Fans Are Booing Me Crew
After last night’s game, Nick Swisher had a lot to say about the fans. Most of it wasn’t good and it seems he is really trying to leave New York on a bad note. Given his pending free agency, how he performs in the playoffs and how the Yankees are looking to cut payroll in the future, Swish definitely has one foot out the door.
When speaking to reporters after the Yankees’s 3-0 loss in Game 2, Swisher unloaded on the fans in right field.
While admitting he’s a sensitive guy, Swisher noted that fans were blaming him for Derek Jeter’s injury during Saturday night’s game. In case you missed the disastrous 12th inning, Swisher lost a ball in the lights which turned into an RBI double for Delmon Young. It put the Tigers up 5-4. Jhonny Peralta came up next, hit the ball to Jeter and all hell broke loose.
It’s very silly for anyone to say that Swisher caused Jeter’s injury. Jeter has been playing on a bum foot for the better part of a month. He had been hobbled, been getting cortisone shots so he could play and the ankle was weak to begin with.
And what would have happened if Swisher made the play, got the second out of the inning but Peralta still hit a ball to Jeter even with the defensive alignment changed with a runner still on second.
Would it still be Swisher’s fault?
Swisher probably should have kept his mouth shut. I understand he’s frustrated and that he’s not used to Yankee fans turning on him but the way he’s behaving now is similar to the way he behaved when he wanted out of Chicago in 2008.
And who of all people actually sided with the fans? Who said he didn’t blame them for getting on the Yankees for underperforming? That’s right kids, Alex Rodriguez.
“We haven’t scored a run in a long time. I’m right there with them. You can’t blame them.”
To be honest, I don’t know what to even think of all of this. One thing you need to know about me is that I don’t boo my team. I just don’t and I really can’t stand when other people do it. But I also can’t police other people at a game, as much as I’d like to. They have every right to scream and yell and act like dunderheads as much as I have the right to sit quietly and not participate in the madness.
Who knows? Maybe the change of scenery will be good for the Yankees. It’s weird to say this but they may not be booed as much in Detroit as they were at home.
So what can we take away from all of this drama? Well, for one thing, the American League Championship Series is seven games for a reason. Yankee fans know all too well that it’s never over until the final out of the final game. Is there a chance the Yankee offense can recover, remember how to hit and make this a series?
Of course they can. Today’s off day will probably help a lot.
Will they do that?
We’ll find out tomorrow night.