One of my favorite things to do is check up on the "Elias Says..." column from ESPN.com. Following yesterday's series clinching win over the Yankees, here are some of the more notable things from today's:
For the second consecutive year, Alex Rodriguez had at least 100 RBI during the regular season and then failed to drive in a run during the postseason. Only one other player in major-league history who played in the postseason after each of two consecutive 100-RBI seasons did that: Rusty Greer for Texas in 1998 and 1999.
The Yankees, who led the major leagues in runs scored during the regular season, did not score for 20 consecutive innings before posting a run in the seventh inning on Saturday. That was the longest postseason drought by a team that led the league in runs scored during the preceding regular season since the infamous 1919 White Sox (aka the "Black Sox") failed to score in 26 consecutive innings against Cincinnati during the World Series.
Detroit's pitchers had the lowest earned-run average in the major leagues this season and the Yankees led the majors in runs scored. Each of the last three postseason series pitting the MLB leader in ERA against the MLB leader in runs scored has been won by the ERA leader: Tigers-Yankees in 2006, Braves-Indians in 1995 and Athletics-Dodgers in 1974.
For the first time in the history of their franchise, the Yankees have lost three consecutive postseason series (the 2004 ALCS and the ALDS in both 2005 and 2006).
What a great series for the Detroit Tigers!