The Detroit Tigers have managed to push the New York Yankees to the brink of elimination after Game 3 of the ALDS. Entering the playoffs, the Yankees were the favorites to make the World Series from the American League.
Now, they are facing a possible early exit. There are a number of players who can be blamed for the Yankees falling behind in this series...
This whole season has been a bit of a disappointment for Alex Rodriguez as he missed time due to injuries and he failed to hit more than 20 home runs in a season in which he has played over 81 games for the first time in his career.
The disappointment has continued during the playoffs. Rodriguez has struggled and it has hurt the Yankees in a big way. He does have two RBI against the Tigers, but Rodriguez has failed to collect a hit and has struck out three times.
Mark Teixeira is an important bat in the middle of the New York Yankees' lineup so it should be no surprise that when he struggles, the Yankees struggle.
That has been the case in the ALDS. Teixeira has just one hit and four strikeouts in the series. If the Yankees are going to have chance to comeback, Teixeira needs to pick things up.
Big players are supposed to be able to step up in big moments. The New York Yankees certainly expected to get a good start out of their ace, CC Sabathia, with the ALDS tied at 1-1.
Instead, Sabathia lasted just five and a third innings for the Yankees. He allowed 13 base runners and gave up four runs.
Last season, Rafael Soriano was dominant as the Tampa Bay Rays closer. This promoted the New York Yankees to give him a three-year, $35 million deal to pitch out of their bullpen. Soriano struggled mightily this season.
In Game 3 of the ALDS the Yankees managed to claw their way back against the Detroit Tigers to tie the game. Soriano then gave up a solo shot to Delmon Young, which the game's difference making hit.