MLB Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons Why the New York Yankees Can Still Win the ALCS

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIOctober 15, 2012

MLB Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons Why the New York Yankees Can Still Win the ALCS

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    Following Sunday's ALCS Game 2 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the 2012 New York Yankees' postseason has been nearly a complete disaster.

    The Yankees are now trailing 2-0 in the series to a team that they can't seem to beat when it matters most—in October.

    Despite all of that, there is still a chance. Yes, Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber, there is still a chance.

    Here are five reasons why the Yankees can still close out the ALCS.

June 3, 2012

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    Phil Hughes will be starting on Tuesday night in Detroit and will face the daunting task of going up against the great Justin Verlander.

    How can he do that?

    All that the Yankees and their fans need to do is look up the game played in Detroit on June 3, when Hughes pitched brilliantly and defeated Verlander.

    Hughes went the distance, allowing one earned run with eight strikeouts and only three walks.

    Also, struggling third basemen Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run off of Verlander in the third inning.

    If anything, reviewing this game gives the Yankees hope.

Game 4: CC Sabathia vs. Max Scherzer

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    Yankees ace CC Sabathia has won the only two games he has started this postseason—Game 1 of the ALDS last Sunday and Game 5 on Friday.

    It would be hard to count him out in Detroit on Wednesday when he faces Tigers starter Max Scherzer.

    The last time Scherzer faced the Yankees was in a losing effort on April 29, when he surrendered seven walks and three earned runs in only 4.2 innings pitched.

    If the Yankees can get a little bit of luck on Tuesday night against Verlander, then the thought of them evening up the series the next night isn't that far-fetched.

Comerica Park

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    The Yankees played seven games in Detroit's Comerica Park this season, winning four of them.

    On top of that, it isn't crazy to think that a change of scenery and time away from the pressure of the Yankees' home crowd could be just what the doctor ordered.

    In their seven games played at Comerica Park, the Yankees scored 40 runs, averaging 5.7 runs per game.

    Through seven postseason games, the Yankees have only scored 20 runs, 2.8 per game.

Detroit Tigers' Bullpen

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    The Detroit Tigers' struggling bullpen has seen its ups and downs this postseason—mostly downs.

    Jose Valverde nearly coughed up Game 1 in the Bronx on Saturday night after giving up two home runs in the ninth to tie the game. The Tigers were able to hold onto the game and win in 12 innings.

    Former New York Yankees pitcher Phil Coke finished out Game 2 on Sunday and ended up working two innings in a three-run game.

    While the Yankees bullpen isn't an upgrade over the Tigers bullpen, Rafael Soriano seems to be a much better choice to close a game out than what Detroit has to choose from.


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    Okay, Yankees fans. You are down 0-2 in the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. On top of that, you lost your leader and captain, Derek Jeter.

    What do you now?

    Simple, you play on.

    Yankees' fans and players should not give up on this season or this series.

    Anything can happen, and I hate to be the one to say it, but ask the 2004 Boston Red Sox how possible comebacks are.

    One pitch at a time, one inning at a time, one moment at a time, one game at a time.

    Play today, win today. That's it.


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