Anyone who has remotely followed baseball for the past 17 years or so could tell you that, but we are trying to find out exactly how it will impact this club’s shot at reaching the Fall Classic.
The Yanks are already in a 1-0 hole against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Now that they'll be playing without their captain and one of their only reliable postseason hitters, we are giving the Bronx Bombers just a 35 percent chance to make the World Series—where they would have a tough impending matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals or San Francisco Giants.
Considering the Yanks have had consistent failure from Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher in October—and 2012 has been no exception—the last thing the club could afford was having its most reliable player go down for the season.
It’s a shame too, because it seems that the Yankees had finally found something in Raul Ibanez’s bat that would allow them to make a serious run at winning a championship.
The 40-year-old was able to tie Game 1 of the ALCS at four apiece in the ninth with yet another miraculous two-run homer, but eventually the Yanks fell short and lost their captain in the fateful 12th.
Manager Joe Girardi is likely to substitute Jayson Nix in at the starting shortstop position, while Eduardo Nunez—another shortstop—will take Jeter’s roster spot.
Nix is a solid short, but his bat is nothing when compared to the captain’s. Jeter averaged a solid .333 in six games this postseason and was always a threat to get on base.
It’s going to be tough for Yankees fans to watch the remainder of the ALCS, as they no longer have anywhere near the same potential to win as they did at the outset of the series.