The Tigers get the credit for the ALCS sweep, but the Yankees are as much to blame as the Tigers are to applaud.
However, will we remain interested in the playoffs without the Yankees?
- The Tigers pulled off what became an inevitable sweep yesterday, downing the Yankees 8-1. Max Scherzer was as good as CC Sabathia was rough, and now the Tigers head to the World Series - and they'll get plenty of rest along the way. The World Series doesn't start until Wednesday.
- They may know their opponent much sooner than that, though, as the Cardinals took a 3-1 lead in the NLCS after beating the Giants 8-3. But, hey, the Giants have been on the brink of elimination before - down 2-0 to the Reds in the divisional series, the Giants won three straight in Cincinnati to make it to the NLCS.
- Those Yankees, by the way, were outscored 19-6 in the ALCS, and hit .157 in the series - the second worst mark all-time, ahead of only the 1969 Twins (.155).
- Obviously the Alex Rodriguez sideshow took over much of the ALCS discussion (too much, given how poorly the entire team was hitting). As things stand, it doesn't look too likely that the 37-year-old third baseman will be back with the Yankees next year, to serve out the remainder of his contract, which pays him $114 million over the next five seasons. And if the Yankees do shop him around, they're likely to find him open to accepting a trade says Bob Nightengale., who lists the Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers as the most plausible suitors.
- Of course, ARod, himself, says he's going to be a Yankee in 2013. We'll see what happens.
- The Red Sox have reached the point in their managerial search where they have started "preliminary" conversations with the Blue Jays about the compensation that would be required to pry away current Blue Jays manager (and former Red Sox pitching coach) John Farrell. No word on what it'll take, but you can bet the Blue Jays will try and squeeze some quality out of it, using the Red Sox's own hard-line stance in similar areas (i.e., compensation for hiring Theo Epstein (to a promotion)) against them.
- Rob Neyer says the Nationals and Orioles are "stealing" from their fans by not refunding the service charge portion of pre-sale LCS tickets (the teams are refunding only the ticket price portion). At first blush, it seems really cheap and lame ... but then you realize that the process of allowing folks to order pre-sale tickets costs money (employee time, system operations, etc.). If the teams are upfront that this portion of the ticket price is not going to be refundable - because the "service" is technically still being provided - is there really all that much to gripe about? Are the teams just supposed to eat that cost? Maybe the answer is yes, but I don't think I'll get too much up in arms about it.
- Phil Coke, ALCS MVP? David Laurila thinks so.