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2012 ALCS: Odds on Key New York Yankees Having 'Reggie Jackson'-Type Moments

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2012 ALCS: Odds on Key New York Yankees Having 'Reggie Jackson'-Type Moments
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The 2012 playoffs have been a struggle at the plate for the New York Yankees. As a team, the Yankees are hitting just .205 in seven postseason games and have scored just 20 runs.

So what are the chances that some of the key Yankees in the batting order can turn things around and put together a great American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers?

What this piece will rate is each Yankee’s odds of breaking out with the series shifting to Detroit for Games 3 and 4 (and Game 5, if necessary). Specifically, the idea is to look for a player capable of breaking out the way Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson did in the 1977 World Series.

Jackson was benched by manager Billy Martin for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals. It was Jackson’s first postseason as a Yankee and he got off to a dreadful start. He was just 1-for-14 through the first four games of the series. Jackson eventually got into Game 5 as a pinch-hitter for designated hitter Cliff Johnson in the eighth inning.

New York trailed 3-1 after seven innings and Jackson helped start a rally with a pinch-hit single off Royals reliever Doug Bird to score Willie Randolph and cut the deficit to 3-2. New York scored three in the top of the ninth and advanced to its second straight World Series with a 5-3 win.

From there, Jackson basically went nuts against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Jackson hit .450 (9-for-20) in the six-game series, scored 10 runs, hit five homers, had eight RBI and had a ridiculous OPS of 1.792 in the series.

Here is a look at some struggling Yankees and their chances of going off Reggie-style for the remainder of the ALCS:

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