Not Good

The Yankees had their chance. Second and third, one out in the bottom of the 8th. But, Girardi didn’t go to a pinch hitter for A-Rod and A-Rod struck out and when Swisher flied out, the Yankees had lost their best chance to win the game. Now they face a do-or-die game 5 in the ALDS for the second year in a row.

Obviously, CC Sabathia is making the start which is a huge boost for the Yankees. But this is not what the Yankees wanted. By using Sabathia Friday, they will either have to pitch him on three-days rest in the ALCS in Game 3, or on regular rest in Game 4. Furthermore, they will either need to use Kuroda on three-days rest in Game 2, or pitch someone who hasn’t started for them in the postseason. Of course none of this matter if they don’t win. Finally, the ALCS starts Saturday, so the Yankees won’t have a day off after playing in Game 5, while the Tigers will. (And say a thank you to Oakland for forcing a Game 5 which forced the Tigers to use Verlander tonight. He is absolutely mowing down Oakland, but won’t be able to pitch until Game 3 of the ALCS.)

Now the big question is who starts at third tomorrow? A-Rod is absolutely lost at the plate right now and he only hit .256/.326/.391 against righties all year. Chavez hit .298/.365/.543 against them. It’s not the time to worry about A-Rod’s feelings, if I am Girardi I bench him.

Baseball has to be happy that it got the maximum number of games in all four of the division series. It’s great for baseball, just bad for the Yankees.