Thursday, October 18, 2012
Detroit is going to the World Series after crushing the Evil Empire. In their 4-0 sweep, the Yankees never led ... not even a single half-inning. ARod and Granderson were benched for Game 4, though both did eventually participate. Rodriguez went 0-for-2 and Granderson whiffed (again) on three pitches.
The aging, fading (I hope) Yanks were absolutely pathetic at the plate in this series. Cano went 1-for-18 (.056). Granderson was 0-for-11 and seven of those outs were strikeouts. ARod hit .111 (1-for-9).
Sure, Jeter’s injury created problems for the Yankees. I’d like to believe that they would have been just as thoroughly flattened even if Mr. Overrated had been on the field for all four games.
Those who—unlike me—are fans of Ichiro! will be happy to know that he was perhaps the only pinstriper with (superficially) good stats during the series against the Tigers. His line was .353/.389/.529 with a homer in Game 1 and a walk today.
As for me, I’m happy to see that Ichiro! isn’t going to play in the World Series. Of course, it’s much, much more satisfying that the detestable Yankees are done. That Ichiro! is denied a WS appearance is just a small added bonus.