OK, the Yankees are down 0-3 to Detroit and you all know that teams in that dilemma in 7-game series are virtually done.
Well, not so fast my friends. Remember 2004 when the Red Sox rallied from the same abyss to take the next four from none other than the Yankees and went on to win the World Series.
Tuesday’s Game 3 at Comerica Park went the way of Detroit 2-1, although the Yanks did manage to score in the ninth against Justin Verlander and finally showed some signs of life with the bats.
In Wednesday’s Game 4, the Yanks send their money pitcher CC Sabathia as a slight +100 underdog against Detroit’s Max Scherzer. If Sabathia can pitch the Yanks to a win and the Bronx Bombers somehow steal Game 5, the final two games are at Yankee Stadium.
Hey, remember last year when someone took the St. Louis Cardinals at 100-1 to win the World Series. These are the 27-time world champion New York Yankees, who a few weeks ago could have been considered the favorites to win the American League pennant and the World Series.
Robinson Cano, who had 24 hits in his last eight games entering the playoffs, finally broke a 0-for-29 drought with a ninth inning single.
Team slumps happen. Ask the Phillies and Dodgers, the latter enduring three straight shutout losses in midseason at San Francisco.
Speaking of the Giants, they are even at 1-1 in their best of 7 NLCS series with St. Louis. The Cardinals are a slight -125 favorite today with Kyle Lohse on the hill against Matt Cain. This series matches the last two World Series champs and features the NL’s likely MVP, catcher Buster Posey of the Giants.
Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Reach him at [email protected].