No Jeter. No Rivera. A-Rod getting benched. Granderson looking lost. Sabathia unavailable. And an improbable, Delmon Young-powered victory on the road in Game One?
Indeed, things sure are looking pretty good at the moment for the team that finished with the seventh best record in the American League, who scraped into the playoffs by virtue of winning the only division in baseball with three 90-loss teams. *COUGH*
But it’s HirOktober, which means anything can still happen, and you can’t feel too bad about your situation if you’re the Yankees, looking at Kuroda on the mound facing Anibal Sanchez, or some of those extremely noticeable holes in Detroit’s lineup.
Here’s what the Tigers lineup looks like or this afternoon’s battle:
A. Jackson CF
Q. Berry LF
M. Cabrera 3B
P. Fielder 1B
D. Young DH
A. Dirks RF
J. Peralta SS
A. Avila C
O. Infante 2B
A. Sanchez RHP
And here, via Brooks Baseball, the pitch usage chart for Sanchez in 2012.
And here is the lineup for the post-Jeter Yankees, as the Captain is, of course, out for the remainder of the playoffs with an ankle fracture:
I. Suzuki LF
R. Cano 2B
M. Teixeira 1B
R. Ibanez DH
R. Martin C
A. Rodriguez 3B
C. Granderson CF
N. Swisher RF
J. Nix SS
H. Kuroda RHP
This is what we can expect Kuroda to throw by situation (also via Brooks Baseball).
An ALCS game at Yankee Stadium with no Derek Jeter? Should be interesting…
As should Jim Leyland’s decision on who closes out the game, should the Tigers be in position to win, following yet another Jose Valverde implosion– and more Raul Ibanez ninth-inning heroics– late last night, as Scott Lewis masterfully recapped for us.
As yet, a decision on who closes for Detroit has not been made. Or at least not been revealed to the club.
Dotel: “I would love to know who’s going to be the closer. All I can say is I’m ready in any situation.”
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) October 14, 2012
As for Jeter, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes that he’s due more tests on his ankle, as doctors will try to determine whether surgery is necessary.
Here’s your win expectancy graph…