After being shut out for the second time in a four-game series, the Yankees must have been hoping that a new shipment of Louisville Sluggers would be waiting at a baggage claim somewhere in the New York metro area. The current batch certainly wasn’t doing them much good in Detroit.
You can pin that on Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander, who made sure that there was no easy picking allowed on the diamond at Comerica Park. Of course, the Yankees scored eight runs in Wednesday’s nightcap, but six of them came in the ninth inning when the game was progressing into a laugher.
“Every season, it’s the same thing,” Derek Jeter said. “There’s a period where it seems like you get a lot of hits, other times, it seems like you can’t find a hit. That happens every year. If you could figure it out, nobody would ever struggle.”
It seems fair to wonder if injuries might finally be catching up with the Yankees, who fielded a lineup Thursday that included Juan Miranda, Randy Winn and Greg Golson. Not to take anything away from those players, but the Opening Day lineup is a memory that won’t be reappearing for a while, not with Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson among those on the disabled list.
“We’ve basically had about the same lineup as we did in Boston, when we scored a bunch of runs,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Obviously [the Tigers] did a good job pitching against us and we didn’t swing well. … Every team’s going to go through funks where they don’t score runs. That’s just baseball. If you play enough games, you’re going to go through periods where you don’t score runs. You’ve got to find ways to win those games.”
To no one’s surprise, Jeter didn’t want to hear anything about injuries keeping the lineup cold.
“You really can’t use that as an excuse,” Jeter said. “If you look at any team, they have injuries. That’s something you have to play through. The bottom line is that we’d like to be swinging the bats a lot better, and hopefully when we get home we can start to do that.”