Last night’s postponement due to rain in Detroit makes ALCS Game 4 a day later.
And thanks to Mother Nature, it also means the New York Yankees cannot pitch their ace CC Sabathia if needed in ALCS Game 7, which reaching is a pipe dream anyway. But the weather does give the Yankees time to reconsider not starting Alex Rodriguez, which was the original plan.
Now, as the Yankees wait on the brink of getting swept right out of the postseason, they might take the extra night off to look in the mirror, as all of this added nonsense has officially worn out the New York fan-base.
From the lack of effort, to the useless hitting; to A-rod playing well in the wrong field and not at all on the right one; to skipper Joe Girardi’s nonsensical managing; to Nick Swisher’s whining has hit like a big tornado, and Yankee Universe is not braving it the storm too well.
The anger, frustration and confusion surrounding the team is only getting worse, as each day seems to expose a new issue and no ones knows what to expect anymore but the worst.
And of course the sports and national media have jumped on every flaw, which has turned an annual October delight into a Stadium full total resentment instead.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, in the world we live in today, the only remedy is winning. Something this 2012 Yankees team should be easily doing with #28 well within reach, as they have fought through adversity like you read about. But instead the postseason has brought more issues, injuries and now ice-cold bats, which might be just too much to handle.
And any faith I had in turning this series around got crushed once the Yankees announced their Game 4 line-up, as once again skipper Joe Girardi forgot to out Alex Rodriguez’s name on it.
This whole A-rod benching is something nobody can figure out and it is starting to feel personal.
Yes, A-rod is not hitting but neither is Cano, Swisher or Granderson, who is also not in Game 4’s line-up.
Swisher was benched in Game 3, along with A-rod who was making his second cheerleading appearance. Now Swisher was added back for Game 4, hitting in the two-hole but not A-rod.
And if Girardi’s reasoning is truly postseason performance than why hasn’t Cano had a turn ridding the bench?
If Eric Chavez, A-rod’s back up, was hitting even slightly this would make some sense but he is not; and he is also guilty of a defensive error at third in Game 1.
So, what is going on here?
Girardi is obviously over managing again, as he is throwing the kitchen sink of lefty batters vs. Tigers righty Max Scherzer, so benching A-rod’s righty bat that possesses a career .083 against him makes sense but not with a game changing bat like his.
Also, this doesn’t explain why A-rod was not used him in Game 3 vs. Justin Verlander. A-rod posted a .667 BA against Verlander in the 2012 regular season, including two homers so why would his bat not be used in the 2-1 losing affair?
And with the Yankees bats already on off-season vacation keeping a hitter with A-rod’s career in any line-up falls into the da-boom category.
Not to mention the embarrassment Girardi has caused A-rod personally, along with the added non-baseball distraction he has bestowed on his teammates by doing this.
So this has to be personal for Girardi who loves nothing more than to throw in pinch hitters, late in tight games based purely on match-up percentages.
Girardi knows better to keep mixing the batting order up like this, especially with a homer-happy team like the Yankees.
Also, Granderson should be starting too, as you cannot sit 61-homers on the bench; and that is what Girardi is doing by keeping him and A-rod out. Not to mention Grandy was a Tiger before a Yankee is familiar very familiar with Comerica Park.
Bottom line is….Mother Nature has kindly given Girardi a grace period to do the right thing, which means putting the Yankees in the best position to win and sorry Joe but that entails making A-rod a part of it again.
And if he doesn’t fix this and things come crashing down this afternoon, it should be Joe’s job, not A-rod’s on the line.
It is time to put the team that won the 95 games in the regular season.
The guys that got the Yankees to the postseason in the first place… except keep Gardner in there over as whiners, like Swisher can cry on the bench.
As all it takes is just one bat to heat up and the rest will follow.