• Tigers In A Giant World Series Hole

    Posted by on October 26th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Interesting…

    This is a Tigers team who cut through the Yankees in the ALCS like a hot knife through butter.

    Since Detroit is the constant here, it begs the question:  Are  the Giants that good, or, were the Yankees that bad?

    Comments on Tigers In A Giant World Series Hole

    1. 77yankees
      October 26th, 2012 | 10:29 am

      This postseason is blowing up the theory that rest is greater than momentum.

      Just ask Robbie Cano.

    2. #15
      October 26th, 2012 | 11:42 am

      Our bats were that bad. Choke, slump, dominant pitching performances, blah, blah, blah… Too many batters with long swings, failing to take what the pitchers/fielders were giving them, and dismissing the virtues of contact hitting. Makes me wonder if K-Long’s approach is to only focus on honing a given hitters strength (i.e., making sure pull hitters work on being quick inside) rather than, as the situation demands, adapting to what the pitchers are trying to do to get you out. Sure, the opposing pitchers still have to execute, but Swisher, Grandy and Cano were all flailing. A-Rod just looked like he was completely overmatched and lost. The combined amount of strikeouts – 83 strikeouts in 312 AB’s!!!! (holy crap) in the 9 playoff games, was staggering and crushing. It was like having a team made up of Jason Bay’s, Adam Dunn’s, and Carlos Pena’s. If just a handful of those K’s turn into singles and a few more into sac flys, we might be playing right now.

      Although his SO rate isn’t miniscule (111 in 614 AB’s in 2012 and a career rate around 15%), to my eye, we need a guy like a Billy Butler from KC in our line up. Good OPB, lot’s of contact, line drive hitter, and about a dinger per week. I thought we were getting that in Tex, but he’s turned into Giambi (admittedly with a magic glove, and that does mean a lot).

      All that said… I still think the Yankees blew it by losing game 4 against Baltimore (due to a lack of hitting as described above). Our pitching would have been set up better, a day of rest for an old team, etc…

    3. October 26th, 2012 | 12:00 pm

      In the end, the story of the 2012 Yankees is starting to look like this:

      A team that blew a 10-game lead in the standing and barely hung on to win their division. A team who barely beat a Baltimore Orioles team who didn’t put up much of a fight in the ALDS. And, a team that got waxed by the Tigers in four games in the ALCS – the same Tigers team that got beat by the S.F. Giants in the World Series…assuming Detroit doesn’t pull a miracle in the next 5 games.

    4. Raf
      October 26th, 2012 | 1:00 pm

      Or the Yankees were a team that withstood a charge by an energized Baltimore Oriole team that played at a historical rate in 1-run games, and managed to hold them off at the end of the season. A team that didn’t put up much of a fight in the ALDS due to the superior starting staff assembled by a GM who doesn’t know anything about starting pitching, a team bounced out of the playoffs by the Tigers, whose ace the Yanks handled 2 of the 3 times they met during the season… :P ;) :D

    5. 77yankees
      October 26th, 2012 | 1:19 pm

      Aside from Game 4, did the Tigers really put on an impressive ALCS performance? They barely squeezed out of Game 1 after a colossal collapse, they couldn’t hit Kuroda for almost 7 innings in Game 2, and Verlander didn’t exactly blow us away with his 3 K in Game 3 – a game where the Yanks were one hit from tying it up.

      The Tigers won, yes, but if anyone came out of that thinking they were some juggernaut, we’re finding out that’s not the case at all.

    6. October 26th, 2012 | 3:41 pm

      They’re not a juggernaut. The White Sox almost beat them for first.

      And, yet, the Yankees went down in four against them…

    7. Evan3457
      October 29th, 2012 | 8:41 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      In the end, the story of the 2012 Yankees is starting to look like this:
      A team that blew a 10-game lead in the standing and barely hung on to win their division. A team who barely beat a Baltimore Orioles team who didn’t put up much of a fight in the ALDS. And, a team that got waxed by the Tigers in four games in the ALCS – the same Tigers team that got beat by the S.F. Giants in the World Series…assuming Detroit doesn’t pull a miracle in the next 5 games.

      Or, the playoffs are a crapshoot, just like always, because this all-powerful Giants team nearly got themselves knocked out in a 3-game sweep in the 1st round, and became a team of destiny at the right moment by virtue of two straight comebacks and a miraculous 6 consecutive victories in elimination games.

    8. Evan3457
      October 29th, 2012 | 8:42 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      They’re not a juggernaut. The White Sox almost beat them for first.
      And, yet, the Yankees went down in four against them…

      Because, as the Reds, Cards and Tigers also found out, the post-season can turn in a heartbeat, and you can be blown out of the water in 3-4 games.

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