Speculation on what caused the train wreck that ended last night with the Yankee's 8-1 loss to Detroit is useless, so I'm going to empty out all the notes I took during this year's ALCS and see what sense can be made of it.
First off, this is the third time the Yankees have lost a postseason series to the Tigers in 6 years -- that's 2006, 2011, and this year. Over that period the Yankees are 3-10 against the Tigers in playoff games. In each season, the Yankees won more games during the regular season and won more games against the Tigers head-to-head. Go figure. I've been going back and forth and back and forth on this all season long. I'm finally done once and for all: