Yankees season ends as the Tigers sweep the ALCS

CC Sabathia didn’t have his good command, but it didn’t exactly matter as the Yankees offense continued its no-show in the playoffs as they lost 8-1 and were swept by the Tigers in the ALCS.

For a while there was a question as to whether the Yankees would even get a hit in this game when Max Scherzer carried a no-hitting into the sixth inning. Eduardo Nunez broke that up with a leadoff triple and eventually scored on a Nick Swisher RBI-double for the Yankees only run.

The Tigers had no problem scoring. They plated their first run in the first, another in the third, and broke out with a four-run fourth inning that saw homers by Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta (he hit two in the game). The game was over by that point, but that didn’t stop the Tigers from tacking on two more runs in the seventh and eighth.

It was a terrible performance by the Yankees offense and a collapse that rivals that of the 2004 ALCS when the Yankees lost to the Red Sox despite having a 3-0 lead in the series at one point. Now questions must be answered.

Will Joe Girardi’s job be in jeopardy, will the Yankees trade Alex Rodriguez at all costs? Is there even a slim chance that Nick Swisher could return? What about Russell Martin? Should they trade Curtis Granderson? Will Andy Pettitte retire? Will Rafael Soriano opt-out of his contract? How do they fix this offense?¬†Will the Yankees stick to their $189 million budget plans?

It was a good season. It was frustrating at times, but the Yankees finished with the best record in the AL and could have had a good shot to go all the way had the offense not totally disappeared at the end. It was just not to be. Now on to the offseason.

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8 Responses to Yankees season ends as the Tigers sweep the ALCS

  1. Tigertown says:

    Forget Steinbrenners, Tigers OWN the Yankees

  2. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    It was a very good season.

    I know we played garbage during the ALCS and there are a lot of things to clean and fix but we know we won't win the world series every year.

    We lost Pineda just a few weeks after trading for him, Rivera the greatest closer in MLB out for the season, CC went out 2 or 3 times, ARod missed a lot of games, we missed the spark in the lineup and best defensive outfielder Gardner and we lost Jeter for the playoffs at the end.

    With all those problems and more we managed to make it until here. Braves, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Rays,etc, etc, etc would have loved to play a playoffs series.

    See u next year
    Please, please, please, get rid of Swisher

  3. Fred says:

    Well at least the Yankees managed to take the division from the Os this year. Down the stretch they really had to play well to hold them off.

    My biggest question in this whole debacle: what the hell happened to Cano? He was on a tear like no other to close out the season, but I can't remember him ever hitting that poorly over a 9 game stretch…

    This offseason will definitely be interesting. I just hope they come out a better team on the other end

  4. Motown says:

    The Bronx Dullards..end of the road guys..Cano putting his feet up on water coolers & A-Rod pimping his number out to Bondi Beach hags…it's over Johnny as Tigers roll on.

  5. David K. says:

    Cano was the biggest disappointment this year. He was extremely inconsistent, except against left handed pitching, against who he sucked all year. He may have played himself out of the Yankee plans. Please trade Granderson away, his awkward swing and strikeouts drive me nuts.

  6. Sam says:

    Definitely a great season, and we can't take that away from the team. They struggled down the homestretch a bit, but the best record in the AL is an accomplishment.

    However, in the playoffs, I don't know if I've ever seen more uninspiring baseball. It all starts with A-Rod and this fiasco with the signed ball. Derek Jeter's injury didn't help. Overall, it was pretty astonishing to see a team just lost its mental edge completely. They gave up, which is NEVER acceptable in professional sports. They let the fans down in that sense.

  7. Keena says:

    Makes you wonder what could've been with Steve Pearce in the middle of the line up. A stupid move getting rid of him.

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