Last year in this spot, the Yankees bats went silent, and they lost to Detroit in Yankee Stadium, 3-2.
Ivan Nova gave up two runs in the first inning of Game 5 and everyone kept waiting for the Yankees to overcome the early deficit, but it never happened.
The same couldn’t happen tonight, could it? The Yankees have CC Sabathia on the mound! (Worth noting: Sabathia pitched in relief last year in Game 5, and was lousy in 1 1/3 innings, giving up two hits, two walks, and one run.)
The Orioles, who have basically become an afterthought in this series because it’s all been about the struggles of A-Rod and Granderson, and Jeter’s ankle and Raul’s heroics, are pitching someone named Jason Hammel.
Oh, and Alex Rodriguez was benched.