NEW YORK — Swing and a whiffa! Big whiffa! Whiff-whiff-whiffaroo!
OK, so this shot is a bit of an optical illusion, actually portraying Alex Rodriguez(notes) fouling off a Cliff Lee(notes) pitch in the top of the fourth inning. But three pitches later, Lee got A-Rod swinging for one of the Yankee star's three strikeouts on an 0-for-4 night. It was the first time that A-Rod went hitless this postseason.
"I don't think we need to think about it too much," A-Rod said after the game. "He dominated our lineup. He probably would have dominated any lineup."
We'll likely wake up on Thursday morning to find that some hyperactive balloonhead has put A-Rod back into the camp of playoff chokers, but that person will be the one deserving of the scarlet letter. Rodriguez may have had the worst night of any Yankee, but he's still having the best postseason of anyone in his clubhouse. He's been carrying New York's offense all October and if there's any reason for Yankee Nation to panic, it comes in the realization that he can't bear the load every single night.