New York Yankees: 4 Ways They Have the Game 5 Edge in the Bronx
After placing a 10-1 drubbing on the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the ALDS, the series will return to the Bronx for the decisive Game 5. The New York Yankees will have a number of advantages working for them in this game.
If the Yankees can take advantage of the opportunities presented to them, they should be able to win the game and advance to the ALCS against the Texas Rangers.
Ivan Nova Takes the Hill
Normally having a rookie on the mound during a decisive Game 5 would be a disadvantage to a team. However, the Yankees actually have an edge in this case.
Ivan Nova has faced a lot of pressure all season and he has shown the ability to overcome it. He has shone in the bright New York spotlight in the past and can certainly do it again. Tigers' starter Doug Fister is not used to facing this level of pressure.
The Yankees' Bats Have Woken Up
The blame for some of the Yankees' struggles early on during the ALDS has been placed on a few of their hitters. It seems as if they have gotten the message and they have begun to pick things up.
Alex Rodriguez picked up his first two hits of the series in the Yankees' latest victory. He will be a key part of their success moving forward. Mark Teixeira collected a hit and scored a run in Game 4 and looked more alive at the plate.
How many times has "Enter Sandman" rang through the Yankee Stadium speakers as Mariano Rivera has gone to the mound with a lead in a crucial playoff game?
Nearly every time this scene plays out the ending is the same. Rivera has been nothing less than dominant in the playoffs and when he steps on the mound in the bottom of the ninth in Yankee Stadium, the game is as good as over.
Home Field Advantage
There has been a constant debate as to the validity of a home field advantage in baseball. There have been studies done that have proven that it actually does exist.
With over 50,000 screaming fans cheering for the Yankees, there is a bit of extra motivation available for the home team. While the edge might be slight, it could be exactly what the Yankees need to push them to victory.