Yankees vs. Tigers, 2012 ALCS Game 3: New York fans think offense could have done more

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports - Presswire

Even against arguably the best pitcher in baseball, SB Nation's Pinstripe Alley expected the Yankees' offense to produce more against Justin Verlander.

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is a tall task for any team, but SB Nation's Pinstripe Alley still expected more from the Yankees' offense in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday night.

As inconsistent as the strike zone was, the Yankees should still have shown more life against an off-his-game Verlander. Instead, fans saw more of the same from the Yankees offense as has been on display for most of the postseason. Fast innings, soft grounders, 1-2-3s, and even a bad break. Brett Gardner scalded a Verlander pitch in the sixth, but it went right back to him on a line. Verlander dropped it, then fired to first for the out.

Pinstripe Alley's Andrew Mearns was happy with the bullpen, which "did an admirable job picking up Phil Hughes." Hughes left the game in the fourth inning with back tightness.

Delmon Young was one of the heros for the Tigers' offense in Game 3, drilling a hanging slider over the fence in the fourth to give Detroit a 1-0 lead.

If the Tigers do win the series, Pinstripe Alley certainly doesn't want to see Young win any MVP hardware.

"Please, Yankees, save us the pain of having to see a guy whose career fWAR is 0.8 in 880 games be crowned the ALCS MVP."

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