Tuesday, October 9, 2012
ALDS trends don't favor the Yankees
By Matt Ehalt
Losing Game 2 to even an ALDS at 1-1 has not been a good omen for the Yankees lately.
Since 2002, the Yankees have lost each ALDS series in which they've gone up 1-0 and fallen in Game 2. In all of those series, they also lost Game 3.
As you know, the Yankees went ahead 1-0 against Baltimore only to fall in Game 2 as the bats went silent. It will now be up to Hiroki Kuroda to try and reverse the trend.
Here's a look at how those four series played out.
2011 ALDS (3-2 series loss to Tigers): The Yankees took a 1-0 lead behind Robinson Cano's bat, but they could not hit Max Scherzer in Game 2. Detroit took Game 3 and the Yankees forced a Game 5 at Yankee Stadium, but Ivan Nova gave up back-to-back homers in the first and the Yankees lost the series.
2006 ALDS (3-1 series loss to Tigers): The Yankees got off to a rousing start with an 8-4 win in Game 1, but Mike Mussina couldn't hold a 3-1 lead in Game 2 and the Yankees fell. The Yankees were shut out in Game 3 and Jaret Wright was rocked in Game 4 as the Yankees lost to the eventual World Series runner-up.
2005 ALDS (3-2 series loss to Angels): Yankees took Game 1 on the road but fell in Game 2 while making three errors. The Angels won Game 3 in a wild affair and the Yankees once again forced an elimination game. Despite Bartolo Colon lasting just one inning in Game 5, the Yankees couldn't muster enough offense and lost 5-3.
2002 ALDS (3-1 series loss to Angels): Yankees got off to a quick start by grabbing Game 1 but Orlando Hernandez faltered in Game 2. The Yankees blew a 6-1 lead in Game 3 and the Angels finished the job in Game 4 by putting up an eight-spot in the fifth inning.