No time to look back tonight, as much as I'd like to gush about how absolutely dirty CC Sabathia is. Game of the ALCS is tonight, and the biggest question surrounding the Yankees will continue to be how they plan to use Alex Rodriguez. He's been absolute crap against righties (0-12 w/ 9 Ks in the DS), and the Tigers will roll out 4 righties in this series. A-Rod's career numbers against each are as follows:
- Vs. Doug Fister: 1-5, 1 BB, 1 K
- Vs. Anibal Sanchez: 0-3
- Vs. Justin Verlander: 8-24, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K
- Vs. Max Scherzer: 1-10, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
Not exactly inspiring numbers, although he has been very good against Verlander. My guess is Joe keep A-Rod out tonight, and if Chavez does nothing against Fister we will see A-Rod back for Games 2 and 3 against Anibal Sanchez and his lack of postseason experience and Verlander and A-Rod's familiarity and positive track record against him.