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Yanks Take Game 1

Posted By Brendan Sennott On Oct 2 2011 @ 9:24 am In Detroit Tigers,New York Yankees | No Comments

The Yankees have drawn first blood in their American League Division series against Detroit thanks to Robinson Cano’s 6 R.B.I.’s and the stellar relief work of Ivan Nova.  In a game that was suspended by rain on Friday night and eliminated aces CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander from the equation, Cano played the role of dominant superstar with 2 huge doubles and a grand slam inNew Yorks’ 9-3 game 1 win.  The Yanks 1-0 lead in the series will be short with game 2 this afternoon at 3pm. 

I am still not convinced this Yankee team has what it takes to win this series,  much less win it all.  Momentum is now on their side though after the game 1 win.  They need 2 wins to close this series out and will have the opportunity against Max Scherzer(15-9 4.43e.r.a) and Rick Porcello(14-9 4.75 e.r.a) who will pitch forDetroit in games 2 and 4 respectively.  Those guys are lesser pitchers on par at best with Freddie Garcia and A.J. Burnett.  Advantage Yankees on paper.

It is up to the Yankee hitters to carry the team, finish this series off and get New Yorkto the A.L.C.S.   They cannot be the inconsistent bunch against inferior pitchers we saw all season.  They have to step up.  I saw some positive signs outside of Cano that lead me to belief this is possible.  Brett Gardner’s clutch 2 out, 2 strike hit that gaveNew Yorka 4-1 lead was huge.  Derek Jeter went 2 for 5.  A Rod just missed a homerun after Cano’s first double.  Even the incredibly unclutch Mark Teixeira went 1 for 3 and scalded the ball all night.  If the Yankee lineup plays to the back of their baseball cards, series over!

 

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