Some Yankee stars continue to struggle
October, 5, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Alex Rodriguez has three RBI but has just two hits in 14 at-bats, though he began to stir in Game 4 with a sac-fly and two eighth-inning singles.
Nick Swisher it batting .200 with four strikeouts.
Mark Teixeira, who made a few loud outs in Game 4, is hitting .133 with five Ks.
Despite some of his stars’ series-long struggles, Joe Girardi is optimistic.
“If you continue to have good at-bats, you’re going to get your hits,” Girardi said on Wednesday, a day before the Yankees’ decisive Game 5 against Detroit.
Trouble is, some Yankees who’ve struggled through this series are the same guys who’ve been historically bad in their postseason Yankee career.
Swisher entered the 2011 playoffs having hit just .148 in the two postseason runs in pinstripes. He’s shown flashes of production in the ALDS, hitting a home run off of Jose Valverde in Game 2 and singling to load the bases in the Yankees’ six-run eighth in Game 4.
Rodriguez has largely regressed since his standout performance in the 2009 playoffs. He’s hitting .196 with no home runs and six RBIs in 13 playoff games since ‘09.
Teixeira is batting .165 in 26 postseason games with the Yankees.
But Girardi believes his scuffling regulars can and will bounce back in Thursday's decisive Game 5.
"I thought our guys were having some pretty good at-bats and not a whole lot of luck. And it will change,” he said.