If anyone can do the (near) impossible, it’s these Yankees

That said, at the risk of publishing something that may prove quite embarrassing to me later on, I think the Yankees could be better positioned than most teams to oull off the nearly undoable. On the one hand, they’re definitely the better team on paper, and one often overlooked reason for why these comebacks don’t happen very often is that the better team typically doesn’t put themselves in an 0-3 hole. This was definitely what happened back in 2004, in my opinion, and it’s probably something of a prerequisite for accomplishing such a task. Secondly, the Yankees will have the advantage in starting pitching match ups in each of the next three games (if a slight one), which definitely plays to their advantage as well. Unlike last night’s game there won’t be any sense that the Yankees have to steal a game Detroit is favored in if they want to push the series to a seventh and deciding game.

Of course, it’s not the pitching that has put the Yankees in this position, but their offense.…

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Fair To Throw Some Blame K-Long’s Way?

Has the hitting doctor lost his touch?

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Kevin Long has done a lot of good things since becoming the Yankees’ hitting coach. He cleaned up Nick...

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Dispatch from the brink of elimination

1. I don’t get all of the gnashing of teeth over Joe Girardi’s various machinations this postseason. Granted, I much prefer the style he’s employed last year to his strategy of waiting for Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher to suddenly start hitting in last year’s ALDS, but given how abysmal the offense has been from top to bottom it just flat out doesn’t matter. Last night is a great example: Justin Verlander wasn’t particularly good, striking out just three batters in 8+ innings and consistently falling behind hitters despite the benefit of a very generous zone, but when he came over the plate with fastballs looking to get strikes the Yankees just couldn’t get any hits out of it. The offense never threatened until the ninth inning, but it was too little too late by then, and they just came up one ground out at bat short. What is Girardi supposed to do to fix that?…

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Playing With House Money

You could use the gritting term that keeps coming up this offseason, playing with house money, to describe the entire 2012 season. Despite finishing as the #1 seed, the Yankees faced countless slumps and injuries that destroyed this team in August and September. There were some miraculous moments in the last week of baseball that...

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Yankees a game from elimination after 2-1 loss

The good:

  • The starting pitching the Yankees have gotten so far has overshadowed it a bit, but the Yankees’ bullpen has been every bit as good in the postseason for the most part. Tonight they were pressed into duty early when Phil Hughes had to leave the game in the fourth with what’s been called a stiff back (though not before giving up a home run to Delmon Young!), but the relief corps managed to pitch five innings of one run ball, and that was without Rafael Soriano or David Robertson getting into the game. The one run came on a Miguel Cabrera double that probably should have been caught, but Curtis Granderson was playing shallow for some reason and the ball sailed over his head for an RBI double.
  • Ichiro Suzuki is still hot, going 2-4 on the night with a couple of singles.
  • Eduardo Nunez had himself a game. Inserted in the lineup somewhat surprisingly (but correctly), Nunez provided the team’s only run with a home run off of Verlander to lead of the ninth, had solid at bats all night, and even made a great defensive play at short to save a run, though he and Robinson Cano couldn’t complete the double play to end the inning.
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Tigers Take A Commanding 3-0 Lead In The ALCS

Things to say about this game:

The offense struggled again.

Justin Verlander dominated.

Eduardo Nunez shocked the hell out of everyone by hitting a home run off of Verlander who had come out to pitch the ninth to try and get a complete game victory. He didn’t but...

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