NEW YORK — The road to the World Series is now straight uphill for the Yankees. Not even the eternally optimistic Alex Rodriguez could deny that, nor could A-Rod sprinkle sugar on what’s going on with a Yankee team that has seemingly forgotten how to hit.
“It’s not an ideal situation, that’s for sure,” Rodriguez said as he was surrounded by reporters in the clubhouse after the Yankees lost, 3-0, to the Tigers at the Stadium Sunday in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. “It’s obviously frustrating. We’ve had stretches during the year where we’ve struggled collectively to score runs, but it’s a little polarizing this time of year. We need to take a day off and take a deep breath.”
Without Derek Jeter and down 2-0 in the best-of-seven ALCS, the Yankees now head to Detroit for the next three games (if a third game is necessary) beginning Tuesday.
In the next two games the Yankees will go up against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP Justin Verlander and his solid understudy, Max Scherzer.