Game 5 of the ALDS did not turn out as the Yankees or their fans had hoped or expected, but when you leave 11 men stranded and can only score on a solo homer and a bases-loaded walk, you probably don’t deserve to win anyway.
Post-season magic was nowhere to be found in the Bronx as the Tigers defeated New York 3-2. The Yankees out-hit Detroit 10 to eight but certainly not when it mattered. Ivan Nova left early and will have tests on his forearm to see what/if there was a medical issue. CC came in and a string of relievers worked hard but in the end, New York couldn’t buy a run. A-Rod struck out to end the mess, completing an 0-for-4 performance which included three strikeouts and three stranded runners. Somewhere, Scott Brosius is smirking.
Jorge Posada saw what might very well be his last post-season at-bats, and went 2-for-4 as the DH. Jeter was 1-for-5 with a run scored, batting leadoff, and left two.
In the end, it really wasn’t any one person’s fault. They failed as a team. Five game series are always tricky. If you split at home, as the Yankees did, you go into a three-game set with the other guys having home field advantage, which is just what went down. The Bombers managed a split in Detroit, but couldn’t seal the deal. While this year’s team got through the regular season in less than dramatic fashion, they started to show their age in October. Jeter isn’t going to play forever. A-Rod looked horrendous. While Cano, Granderson and Gardner had solid performances, it was not enough.
The overall issue that concerns me is relying on the long ball. When that dries up, you still have to plate a run or two to win. In recent memory, the Yankees have been Champions when they’ve been able to get guys over. A bunt here, a sac fly there, and a few singles all add up in the box score. I’m not going to sit here and blame Kevin Long, either, because they Bombers just didn’t execute, however philosophy and strategy have to be dictated from the manager. Maybe Joe Girardi fell for the siren’s song of the longball and thought she’d never leave? If that’s the case, she’s gone, Joe.
Good luck to the Tigers! They played a heck of a series.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits