The 2012 New York Yankees finished with the best record (95-67) in the American League and scored more runs than every team except the Texas Rangers.
Yet, when it came to the American League Championship Series, New York’s offense fell flat as the Detroit Tigers ended the Yankees’ championship dreams.
Plenty of ink has been spilled over the Yankees’ playoff collapse, with the most intense focus on Alex Rodriguez (1-for-9 in the ALCS). That is not to let fellow underachievers Robinson Cano (1-for-18), Mark Teixeira (3-for-15), Russell Martin (2-for-14), and Curtis Granderson (0-for-11) off the hook, as those four also contributed to an offense that only scored six runs in four games en route to a sweep.
So much of the national focus to date has been about New York’s downfall that I think the real story was buried. The Yankees did not endure a debilitating slump only because their hitters wilted under postseason pressure; they simply ran into the buzzsaw that is Detroit’s elite starting rotation. Read More…
From Daily Kent Stater, October 21, 2012