The post-season started for the New York Yankees with two challenging games against the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees had regular season success against the Indians, but the playoffs are always a different story. In the playoffs, teams face the best pitchers more regularly than in the regular season. Cleveland’s top two pitchers are both Cy Young Award candidates: C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona.
The Yankees best player will win the MVP award this season. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez has had a dominating season – and yet, we are where we have been in each of his past seasons in New York. We are asking questions about productivity in the post-season. Tonight, Rodriguez had an opportunity to put the Yankees ahead in the 7th inning and the 9th inning. He was not able to get the job done. The Yankees fell in 11 innings, 2-1. In all fairness, Rodriguez’s shortcomings were not the story of the game. Relief pitching in the 8th and 11th innings surrendered runs due to wildness. And yet, if Rodriguez were able to produce with the bat in his hands, the discussion might be moot.
There are rumors that agent Scott Boras is negotiating an ownership deal with Alex Rodriguez in Chicago. I can’t speak to the veracity of those rumors, but it is time for Alex to produce in October. If he doesn’t, New Yorkers will hardly notice his absence.