A-Rod swings and misses more than anyone I've ever seen. He's a pure mistake hitter. Now it's the playoffs, and teams have better pitchers across the board.
He should be hitting 5th.
Teixeira is pretty patient, but it seems like for the most part it's extra-base hit or bust with that uppercut swing. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Plenty of power hitters are like that. Problem is that he hasn't been doing much power hitting lately. Maybe it's the injury, I don't know. He had 2 hits last night, but then he's a liability on the base paths because of the injury.
And then Granderson. The fact that he hit 43 homers but is hitting 8th should tell you all you need to know.
All of their approaches are terrible. How the frick was A-Rod not taking until he got a strike in the 9th last night? You have to do anything you can to make sure Cano gets an at bat. Johnson wasn't going to groove anything to him unless it was 2-0 or 3-1.
All that being said, I think the Yankees can beat the Tigers in a 7-game series, where you'll see Verlander starting twice in a 7-game series with the first game at home, instead of seeing him twice in a 5-game series with the first game on the road; which is what they were looking at if they didn't finish with the best record.
This post was edited on 10/9 at 12:14 pm