For the first time since 1980, the Yankees have been swept in a series. And boy, was it in ugly fashion. The Tigers completely dismantled the Yankees and their anaemic offense, capped off by an 8-1 victory today. Chris will have a look at just how pathetic the offense was this postseason tomorrow.
As mentioned, the Yankees haven’t been swept since 1980 when the Royals knocked them out in three games. They haven’t been swept in a seven game series since the 1976 World Series, at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds.
The Yankees had gotten good pitching all postseason until tonight. CC Sabathia simply didn’t have it, surrendering 11 hits and two homers in 3.2 innings of six run ball. To be fair, his defense let him down quite a bit. Still, not a great performance, but the Yankees weren’t going to be lights out all series. If you told me the Yankees would pitch this well before the postseason, I wouldn’t have imagined a postseason exit.
Delmon Young was ALCS MVP, and deservedly so: he hit .353 with a 1.186 OPS, hit two homers, and drove in six. Miguel Cabrera was held in check for much of the series, until he went yard today. Same goes for Prince Fielder, who hit .211.
As we head into the offseason, we’ll take a look at the highs and lows of 2012. Plus, analysis of any prospective moves and actual transactions. Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming giveaway next week.