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.