As all my readers know I’m just a warm fuzzy teddy bear of nurturant positivity, so as I promised last night I’m going to attempt to alleviate the anxieties of the Yankee fans in my audience.
First of all I can’t help but feel that Derek Jeter’s unexpected injury has opened Yankee management’s eyes to the vulnerability of their current line up. Win or lose the team of destiny has all the resources they need to make dramatic changes (I understand the Cardinals are lousy with minor league pitching prospects) and as I think I’ve made clear I have no quarrel at all with their goals (173 victories) or strategy (whatever it costs), but merely with some tactical decisions ($27.5 Million a year until 2017?! What were you thinking?).
Other positive signs include the fact that the Tigers are terrible at Comerica. Didn’t they just lose 2 straight to the As there? Also in playoff games without Alex Rodriguez the Yankees are an undefeated 1 – 0, you can’t beat that.
Tonight we’ll have Phil Hughes (16 – 13, 4.23 ERA) on the mound who is their 3rd best pitcher after Sabbathia and Kuroda. Girardi has changed his mind and will pitch Sabbathia on full rest in Game 4 tomorrow.
On the other hand the Tigers will be starting Verlander (17 – 8, 2.64 ERA) and he’s an unstoppable winning machine. Leyland probably won’t even have to call on the questionable Valverde though he says he’s willing to if necessary.
Still it’s not hyperbole to call this a ‘must win’ game. In a playoff you have to do everything you can to avoid being placed in a elimination situation. If the Yankees lose tonight they’ll have to win every single one of the remaining 4 games to advance or it will be a whole 3 years since their last World Championship in 2009 (their average is 4).
Junior League Games will be carried on TBS.