Tomorrow is now literally a must win, as the Tigers have built a 3-0 series advantage with tonight’s 2-1 victory. Eduardo Nunez’ solo shot off Justin Verlander in the 9th cut the lead to 1, but a two out rally built on Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano hits ended when Phil Coke fanned Raul Ibanez. Hey, he can’t do it every time.
Phil Hughes left the game in the fourth with a bad back, but the bullpen came through and kept it close. The pitching as a whole this postseason has been stellar. The season is now on the ace CC Sabathia, who has already twirled two gems in the ALDS. CC faces Max Scherzer tomorrow. I can’t help but wonder if this series would have been different if the Yanks won the ALDS in four, which would have allowed Sabathia to open this series.
One closing note: obviously the Yankees must win tomorrow. If they do, and as improbable as this sounds, maybe it puts a shadow of doubt in the Tigers heads. Then would come Pettitte and Kuroda, followed by CC one last time. Plus, no Verlander until game 7. It’s not impossible, but at this point all there is left is hope. And as much as I like to block this from my memory, we all know the 2004 Red Sox were the only team to ever pull off such a comeback.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record ranting about the offense, so I’m going to cut this short. You know the theme by now: good pitching, but no offense. All they can do is turn it around tomorrow or go home, and take it one game at a time.