Rough Start for the Yankees

It's been a tough couple of losses for the New York Yankees in the first two games of the American League Championship Series, beaten by the Tigers in the Bronx.  Now, they have to travel to Detroit and hope to stay alive during the next three games.

Except for the dramatics by Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez, the lineup has been pathetically weak in the hitting department. These are the Bronx Bombers? High-profile stars like Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano have been embarrassingly invisible throughout the post-season, especially these last two games.

Strong pitching efforts by Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda were wasted.  Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and the rest, all need to step it up if the Yankees want to advance to the World Series.

There was a terrible call by umpire Jeff Nelson in Game Two that cost the Yanks two runs, but it proved to be inconsequential, because New York was completely shut out and couldn't even muster one measly run on the board.

The worst thing that happened this weekend was the loss of Derek Jeter, who fractured his ankle on a play and had to be taken out of the game Saturday night -- he's done for the post-season. Like that of reliever Mariano Rivera, his absence will be noticed.  The team seems lifeless and needs as much heart and passion as possible -- losing the Captain is definitely a major blow.

The Yankees have had comebacks before, so as Yogi Berra wisely said, "It ain't over 'til it's over."  My daughter was born in 2009, the last time New York won a World Series, and my son is due to be born this week, so maybe that's an omen of pinstripe destiny.  We shall see. Go Yankees!