Okay, let’s face it: The Yankees didn’t play very well during the 2011 postseason. As a matter of fact, we deserved to go home since we didn’t play with heart during the final game of the series. Now the Yankees are facing going to their lockers at Yankee Stadium and cleaning it out like it’s the last day of school. There were some things that I noticed during the series that I thought should have been brought up, so here it is.
1. Brett Gardner, Jorge Posada & Robinson Cano were the main bats during the series
When we came in the playoffs we thought that it would have been A-Rod, Teixeira and Granderson with the big bats, but the main bats were actually our #3, #7 & #9 hitters. Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada and more surprisingly Brett Gardner had amazing postseasons.
Robinson Cano: Robinson Cano was batting .318 (7 for 22) with 2 HR’s, 9 RBI’s, .375 OBP and 2BB. Of course we had no doubt that Robinson Cano was going to perform well during the playoffs since he has been a big bat during the regular season. We hope to see more of this in the 2012 postseason (Am I going too far?), all right the 2012 season.
Jorge Posada: Jorge Posada was batting .429 (6 for 14) during the postseason. Even though he had no RBI’s or HR’s, Posada was a very powerful bat during the
Brett Gardner put up a batting clinic in the 2011 postseason with a .412 AVG.
series. Posada most likely won’t be back with the Yankees next year, so to see this kind of offensive attack from him was wonderful since it reminded us of what Jorge can accomplish.
Brett Gardner: Brett Gardner REALLY put on a batting clinic with a .412 AVG (7 for 17) with o HR , 5 RBI’s & a .444 OBP. Gardner honestly was the last Yankee that I thought would have a SPECTACULAR (not good, but spectacular) postseason. I guess Gardner was saving all his hits for the postseason. With Gardner under Team Control until 2015, we should expect to see Gardner as one of the first ones at Spring Training in 2012 (he showed up with the pitchers and catchers even though he didn’t have to).
2. Alex Rodriguez & Mark Teixeira were HORRIBLE during the postseason
I know it sounds exaggerated, but I’m not exaggerating. Mark Teixeira (3 for 18, .167 AVG) and Alex Rodriguez (2 for 18, .111) both were horrible during the postseason. In nice terms, Alex and Mark are VERY lucky they both can’t be traded. They need to wake up their bats for the 2012 season…and they better do it fast.
3. Pitching Has Been Strong: Including A.J Burnett
A.J Burnett had a good postseason, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA, leaving him with the best Yankees ERA in the postseason
Yes, I am mentioning A.J Burnett and it’s a GOOD thing this time. Remember in Game 4 where the Yankees looked as if they were going to get knocked out of the playoffs at Comerica and all hope was lost because A.J Burnett was pitching? Yeah, Burnett actually pitched VERY well, sending a Game 5 to the Bronx (unfortunately the Yankees were knocked out in Game 5). Beside the point, here is A.J Burnett’s numbers, also I should mention A.J Burnett had the best ERA in the 2011 postseason.
A.J Burnett’s Numbers: A.J Burnett had 1 start in the ALDS and was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA. He pitched 5 2/3 giving up 1 run on 4 hits and holding the Tigers to a .200 AVG. If we could have A.J Burnett cloned about 5 times and him having the start he had (minus the 1st inning), then the Yankees would have looked better in the postseason. But the point was, Burnett did good. Who knows, maybe I’ll buy his shirt in the off-season because he made me a believer.
Now, the Yankees have 3 months to regroup, relax and then get back to work because in 2012, the Yankees are going to resume for their “Chase For 28.”