For Yankees, the slivers of hope
DETROIT -- Eight years ago today, the Red Sox began a climb that no other team has accomplished, digging out from a 3-0 deficit to shock the Yankees. Now the 2012 Yankees must try to find hope, anything to make themselves believe that they can become the second team to do this, despite an incomprehensibly poor offensive performance that makes no sense.
There is absolutely no reason to think that anything untoward is happening, but this thought popped into my head for a moment: Perhaps this is what watching the 1919 Black Sox felt like, given how ridiculously awful the Yankees' hitters were at the end of the Baltimore series and in Games 1 and 2 against Detroit, with everybody wondering why great players had become so bad. That's how ugly the Yankees' hitting has been for the last week.
Some rival officials wonder if the struggles of the Yankees are rooted in the habits built up over the course of a long season of playing in Yankee Stadium, where hitters can try to jump out and hook a ball into the air to right field and be rewarded with a home run. Opposing pitchers and catchers have seen the Yankees reaching for pitches out of the strike zone and they have worked off that anxiety, throwing the ball a little further outside -- and the Yankees have followed them off the ledge, failing to adjust.
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