2011 MLB Playoffs: 3 New York Yankees Bats That Need To Wake Up in the 2011 ALDS
After a late rally was thwarted by Detroit Tigers closer, Jose Valverde, the New York Yankees found themselves on the losing end of Game 2 of the ALDS. It wasn't a normal offensive output by one of the best offenses in the MLB, as the Bombers only scored three runs in the loss.
The Yankees were able to muster up nine runs in Game 1, which would give the impression that the Yanks aren't having offensive troubles. But that is proving to be misleading. Six of those runs were off the bat of Robinson Cano alone and the Yankees haven't seen much more production from anyone else.
If the Yankees hope to be successful in the 2011 MLB playoffs, they will need some of their big bats to wake up. Here are three Yankees whose bats need to come alive if the Yankees want to beat the Tigers in the 2011 ALDS.
1. Derek Jeter
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Derek Jeter has one of the most important bats in the Yankees lineup. Jeter is the Bombers leadoff hitter, so naturally him getting on base by way of a hit or walk is vitally important to the Yankees offense.
In Game 2 of the ALDS, Jeter was a miserable 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Jeter has started off the first two games of the ALDS 2-for-10, good enough for a .200 average. The Yankees can't expect to have much success if their table-setter doesn't get hits and/or get on base anyway he can.
He may need some more time, but Jeter is normally a very reliable hitter in the postseason, proving to be clutch in the past. His .310 career average in the playoffs speaks for itself so you have to believe he'll snap out of it.
However, if Jeter's bat doesn't wake up soon, it may be too little too late by the time it does.
2. Mark Teixeira
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It seems like we've gone through this both years that Mark Teixeira has been a part of the Yankees postseasons. The question keeps arising, when in God's name is this man going to hit in the postseason?
With the exception of the 2009 ALDS walk-off homer against the Twins, Teixeira's memorable playoff moments are pretty hard to come by.
In 2011, Tex hasn't added to his dismal .217 career playoff average, going 1-for-7 with two strikeouts and not a single RBI.
Maybe it's become a lost cause to wait for Teixeira to produce in the postseason, but he was one of the Yankees' biggest bats this year, driving in 111 RBI during the season.
It's time for Tex to step up and finally help his team knock in some much needed runs in the playoffs.
3. Alex Rodriguez
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In the 2009 MLB postseason, nobody was more clutch for the Yankees than Alex Rodriguez.
It was because of A-Rod that the Yankees even had an opportunity at their 27th World Championship. If you're one of those people who don't believe Rodriguez's bat is that important to the Bombers because of the guys around him, you're completely losing it.
A-Rod is one of the greatest ever to play the game and when he is on, there are very few that can match him. So it's extremely important that Rodriguez step his game up, start to get hits and drive in runs.
Rodriguez is sporting a career .284 batting average in the postseason with 13 home runs and 39 RBI. That is a far cry from the 0-for-8 slump he is currently in, his sole RBI coming off a weak groundout in Game 1 before the rains came.
You can never brush aside A-Rod's importance to the Yankees in the postseason, and if you forgot how important he is, you need to dust off that 2009 World Series DVD. A-Rod is the Bombers clean-up hitter and there is no minimizing that.
With the injuries he's battled, he may have lost a step and quite possibly may not be the same player he once was.
Rodriguez: 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.