The Tigers have gotten excellent pitching from everyone not named Jose Valverde through two games of the ALCS. But being that the Yankees are involved, the hottest Internet topic has been the Yankees' lack of offense.
After being one of the best offensive teams in the majors during the 2012 season, the Yankees' bats are collectively pretty quiet this postseason. They enter Tuesday night's ALCS Game 3 with a triple-slash line of .205/.277/.326.
Individually, it looks worse. Nine players have received at least 20 postseason plate appearances, and five are hitting below .200. Six have on-base percentages below .300. Not included in those figures? Eric Chavez, is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts.
So, because it's the most polarizing team in team sports, mocking their offense has been popular on the Internet.
Many writers and bloggers received emails with odds on a few of the Yankees' players and their chances to get a hit on Tuesday night. Alex Rodriguez is being accused of flirting with female fans instead of caring about the game. Fans excessively booing the team is a hot discussion. You can't escape A-Rod jokes or Robinson Cano's historically bad hitless streak stats. Donald Trump continues to weigh in, including making himself the center of importance on Derek Jeter's broken ankle:
Derek Jeter had a great career until 3 days ago when he sold his apartment at Trump World Tower- I told him not to sell - karma?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2012
And then there's the funny stuff. Like this, via MLB Memes on Facebook:
And just because I feel like it's Seinfeld day on the blog -- Soup Nazi reference! -- here's George Costanza raking in front of Bernie Williams and a young, flat-topped Derek Jeter:
And now they get to face Justin Verlander and his sparkling 0.56 ERA this postseason.