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: