Yanks Rotation is Reason for Optimism
October 14, 2012 – Hiroki Kuroda’s official line for Game 2 of the ALCS states that he gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings of work — but he was a lot better than that.
With two outs in the eighth, Kuroda gave up a single to Austin Jackson, and as the lead base runner Omar Infante over ran second base, Nick Swisher threw a strike to Robinson Cano. After watching replay after replay of the action at second base, it appeared that Cano tagged Infante before he touched second base. The umpire at second base called Infante safe and Kuroda was lifted from the game.
After Kuroda was pulled, Boone Logan allowed a single that brought a run to the plate, and Joba Chamberlain did the same. After giving up one run during the entire time he was in the game, Kuroda saw two more Tigers reach the dish.
Regardless of the controversial call and collateral damage that it caused in the eighth inning, every starter the Yankees have put on the mound this postseason have put together a quality start — and on several nights, they’ve given up less than three runs.
Because of the consistency of the Yankees starting pitching, they have a legitimate chance to come back from their two-game deficit in the ALCS. If Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte pitch remotely close to the way they’ve pitched thus far, the Yankees will be in all three games in Detroit.
With a few hot bats and a few lucky breaks, this series very well could come back to New York with the Yankees in a good position.
Without the Yankees strong rotation, I would not be nearly as optimistic as I am a day before flying out to Detroit.
–Alfred Santasiere III