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No Derek Jeter For The Yankees

No Derek Jeter

It must be hard for the Yankees to be missing their captain at shortstop he has played the game and the position the best for years.
Derek Jeter has always played the game with hustle and a no excuses attitude. He has often come through in the clutch to win a game or two.

Jeter does what ever it takes to stay focused to win a ball game, but his teammates have done nothing but drop the ball this post season. It sounds like this postseason the joke is on the Yankees with a bunch bats that can’t do jack.

Berry the outfielder for the Detroit Tigers said “this is the easiest place to play, unlike Oakland where the fans were rowdy”.

With a payroll of $200 million you would think that they would be pumped to play ball but nothing is exciting the New York fans and now they have to come to Detroit and versus Justin Verlander on the mound in game 3? It might be better to put Jeter back at shortstop because they have a hell of a road to travel with Verlander on the mound. But who knows they might make a series out of it if the New York bats came alive. 

Yankees Bench A Rod and Nick Swisher For Game 3

A- Rod Being Benched

Now isn’t this something A-Rod and Nick Swisher are being benched for game 3. A-Rod is 3 for 26 so far in the playoffs.
He is 0-12 against right handed pitch in the playoffs. The Detroit Tigers look to try and make it 3-0 in the series that is best of seven as they come home with Justin Verlander on the mound.

Nick Swisher is as bad as A-Rod in the playoffs as he is 4 for 26 thus postseason. Eric Chavez is taken over third base and Brett Gardner is leading off and playing in left field this will be Gardner first start since April 17. Don’t look for A-Rod or Nick Swisher tonight has they are both benched for game 3.

Justin Verlander Pitching In Game 3 Vs Yankees

The Yankees are in a slump and when they think that it couldn’t get any worse the Detroit Tigers put their Cy Young winner on the mound how about that?

The Yankees are looking at this game as it can get bad and it probably will with having Verlander on the mound. They have faced Justin 3 times this year but have only beaten him once that is a .3333% rate and that’s kind of the only good news New York Yankees have.

They are batting .192 in the American League Championship Series vs. the Tigers, scoring in one of 21 innings. They have five everyday players hitting below .200, including All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, who’s hitless in a postseason record 26 at-bats in a row.

So just look at it this way tonight facing Verlander, who is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA this postseason, striking out 22 in 16 innings, with a shutout in his last start. Even through he is human it will be hard for the Yankees to score on him and that can be a winning situation as long as they don’t put Valerde in like they did in game 1

Derek Jeter Snaps Ankle In Game 1

If you didn’t see last night’s ALCS game one it was one heck of a roller coaster ride for the Detroit Tigers, Valverde throw a crap game letting the New York Yankee score 4 runs to tie a blow out that was happening  to the Yankees.

But The Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the 9th inning, Valverde has one job and that is to close games nothing else. If we see him dance on the mound one more time Detroit fans should knee cap him. The Detroit Tigers got their game faces on and scored 2 runs in the top of the 12th to win game one vs the New York Yankees.

Last night we also seen Derek Jeter snap his ankle with a ground ball and he is out for the rest of the series and with A- Rod not stepping up to the plate has he should the Detroit Tigers could sweep the New York Yankees and appear in the World Series. But that all depends if they can close games and if Valverde doesn’t touch a baseball the for the rest of the ALCS we have a great chance for the World Series.

Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Talk Should Be Bigger

It looks like Miguel Cabrera is getting the end of the stick again. But it seems like its a common thing for the Detroit Tigers third baseman. The press that Cabrera has been getting for the triple crown is crap he should be getting a lot more, the triple crown hasn’t been achieved in 45 years.

You have to give the guy what he deserves the triple crown isn’t easy to achieve in any means.

The AL MVP debate, which features Cabrera and the Angels 21-year-old wunderkind Mike Trout, generally pits old-school stats vs. new-school stats, and in general, older people vs. newer people. (For the record, I think Trout is an excellent MVP candidate as well, and am not suggesting a Triple Crown winner should be the automatic MVP — nor do I believe that.)

Although he’s received MVP support in all nine of his previous seasons, and finished in the top five in five of those seasons, Cabrera has never won the MVP. It could be, of course, that he is just amazingly consistent, but others were more deserving in those years. But it’s clear that for whatever reason he isn’t the publicity-generator other superstars are.

The MVP debate is a great one that we’ll leave for another day. Someone wins an MVP every year (actually two people), and while it’s a major achievement, it isn’t nearly on the same level as the Triple Crown. Non-Hall-of-Famers simply do not win the Triple Crown. Many MVPs haven’t come close to getting a sniff at the Hall of Fame.

The Triple Crown chase deserves its day and its due. While some other stats, such as OPS, are more telling than batting average, as those who are more numbers-oriented have suggested for years, it’s the combination of BA and power that’s so rare, and should be so compelling.

Lets just hope that with the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs that it will show that Cabrera is one heck of a baseball player but like the people of Detroit don’t know that already, we just have to show the rest of the baseball world. 

Detroit Tigers Playoffs

Last night the Detroit Tigers made it to the playoffs for the 2 consecutive year. If you seen the game, yes the Tigers are going to the playoffs. The Tigers needed until the final series of the year to clinch a division where the average team record is 75-85 (relevant due to MLB’s unbalanced scheduling, which pits divisional teams against each other 18 times per year). That’s worse than the NL Central, where the average team record is 76-83, despite having two teams with 100 or more losses. The Red Sox are one of baseball’s great embarrassments, but the AL Central has two teams with a worse record than Boston’s.

The Tigers needed until the final series of the year to clinch a division where the average team record is 75-85 (relevant due to MLB’s unbalanced scheduling, which pits divisional teams against each other 18 times per year). That’s worse than the NL Central, where the average team record is 76-83, despite having two teams with 100 or more losses. The Red Sox are one of baseball’s great embarrassments, but the AL Central has two teams with a worse record than Boston’s.

So why do the Tigers get a free road to the ALDS? Well, you’ll have to ask Bud, but here’s guessing that it’s mostly due to the haste with which this new playoff format was instituted. We already know that because of the league forcing this new format into action this year, the No. 1 seed will have to play its first two ALDS games on the road, at the home of the winner of the one-game playoff.