Say this for Joe Torre, he’s never been afraid to make a quick move in the playoffs to help right his ship. His leash has always been short, perhaps too short. Today, Alex Rodriguez bats 8th. A-Rod has only himself to blame, I suppose, but he’ll have plenty of help apportioning it if the Yanks fail. Also in the lineup, sparkplug Melky Cabrera. How Alex responds to the very public demotion is anyone’s guess. His future, and that of the Yankees, may just depend upon it. But the game is more properly in the hands of Jaret Wright and Jeremy Bonderman. Let’s just hope the rejiggered Yankee lineup finds a way to bring things back to the Stadium.
From the AttackGerbil
Help us Jaret Samuel Wright. You’re our only hope.
Last week, somewhere in the darker regions of my mind, I imagined I would be writing this today. I then spent many hours one morning beginning at 3 a.m. reading and re-reading rosters, histories, situational statistics, and convinced myself that New York would easily dispatch those upstart Tigers.
Jeremy Bondeman, second in the league in strikeouts this season, pitches today against a New York battery that has proven quite adept over the last two games at making Detroit pitchers look rilly rilly good at striking out Yankee hitters. Still, it’s a beautiful day and after a bike ride in the brisk autumn air, I am ready for some baseball.
Your comments here. Lineups after the jump….