Yankees lose Jeter for remainder of the playoffs
What do a four-run ninth inning and a dominant, four-hit complete game pitching performance have in common?
They worked separately to prove me right on both of my predictions for the Division Series.
The St. Louis Cardinals trailed the Washington Nationals 6-0 at one point, and 7-3 heading into the top of the ninth inning, but found a way to win 9-7.
Meanwhile, the New York Yankees were carried by C.C. Sabathia’s dominant performance into a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
As it stands now, the Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants will throw the first pitch on the National League Championship Series (NLCS) tonight, while the Yankees and Detroit Tigers will play the second game in their contest later this afternoon.
Because of my decision to (somewhat) relax this weekend, I didn’t get around to picking a winner in Game 1 of the ALCS. Frankly, I was unsure of who I would have picked anyways, so there’s no need to speculate. Either way, the Yankees fell 6-4 in a 12-inning contest that marked their third extra inning game in the last four.
But the loss is surely on the backburner after the loss of Derek Jeter, who broke his ankle on a diving play in the 12th inning. The Yankee captain is done for the postseason and, love the Yankees or hate them, no one should want a season-ending injury like this.
The Yankees head into the second game as the favorite, even though they have faced repeated extra-inning games and the loss of the most storied Yankee of this generation. I haven’t ironed out my thoughts on who will win this series (I’m just making this up as I go, after all), but I think the Yankees will find a way to even the series today.
That said, their offense is going to have to make some serious adjustments soon.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Giants series marks a clash of the last two World Series Champions and I predict the Cardinals to win the opening clash. Granted, I’m not overly familiar with the team the Giants have fielded this year, but I think St. Louis is still riding high after their come from behind win over the Nationals.
The Giants have won games in similar fashion, much to my Reds-picking shame, so it could go the other way, but we’ll see.