Yankees are Done! Tigers vs. Cardinals rematch on the horizon?

Wow. The Detroit Tigers have swept the New York Yankees out of the playoffs. Somehow, I not surprised at all.

This playoffs seemed to be in jeopardy when Baltimore took them 5 games, threatening to knock the Yankees out of the first round in back to back seasons. But somehow someway the Yankees were able to get by Baltimore and move into the second round. Unfortunately for them, Detroit was not messing around.

Other than the comeback which we all saw in the 9th inning of game 1, the Yankees did not put up much of a fight this series. Other than Nick Swisher’s RBI double in the 6th inning of last night’s game, the Yankees scored all of their runs in the 9th inning. Not a good precedent for any team in the playoffs, let alone the Yankees. But hats off to the Tigers, they have proven to everyone that their average regular season means nothing, because in the playoffs, they have shown up. Whether it is the Cardinals or the Giants in the World Series, they are going to have a hard time.

Hey, I’m impressed myself. (via MLB.com)

Over in the NLCS, the Cardinals won game 4 to push their series lead to 3-1 and put the Giants on the brink. This is familiar territory for the Giants, as they were pushed to the brink by the Reds, only to win 3 straight on the road. Well they are in familiar territory this series, the only difference is they are facing a hot Cardinals team who is not ready to relinquish this lead.

In a game started by Tim Lincecum and Adam Wainwright, we expected it to be close, maybe a pitchers duel through the first few innings. But in the 5th inning, the Cardinals began to break through. Scoring 2 runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings, they were able to put the game out of reach and ensure the 3-1 lead in the series.

Can the Cardinals close out the Giants in 5? Or will the series go back to the Bay Area? We know not to count out this Giants team, but at the same time, the Cardinals are hot. Game 5 is tonight. If necessary we will have game 6 on sunday, assuming the Giants get it together.

3-1 Series lead for the Cardinals. Can the Cards close it out? (via MLB.com)

 

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