If Commissioner Selig is so insistent on having an extra Wild Card team in each league, then I have a solution. Is it a perfect solution? By no stretch of the imagination. It has its holes, and many would cry foul if it was ever implemented, but I can guarantee than it’s far more fair than what’s currently in place.
It’s a new season, one Pettitte knows better than most. On Monday night, he’ll have his eye on No. 20 — as in career postseason victories.
“I said it was his game,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It was his game to either win or lose, and that’s exactly what he did. He went out and won the game for us.”
CC Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Sunday night.
The Nationals overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez, then watched their bullpen shut down St. Louis in the late innings.
Detroit will go for a sweep of the division series matchup in Game 3 on Tuesday at Oakland.
“Usually that would be the end of my season,” Suzuki said Friday night before a workout at Yankee Stadium. “What I’ve realized is here, for the Yankees, is that it’s the starting point.”
Cano’s hot streak lit a fuse for his teammates. Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez and Ichiro Suzuki all were hitting the ball with authority over the last two weeks.
In every game the Yankees lost, they looked old and slow. In September, those old guys played with veteran savvy and experience. So, which is it?
David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals rediscovered their postseason touch. Chipper Jones and the Braves kept throwing the ball away. And the Atlanta fans turned Turner Field into a trash heap.
It matters little who the Bombers play in the ALDS, because Mark Teixeira has the winning Rx: Yankee baseball.
Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has witnessed plenty in his career as a player, coach and manager. But he’s never seen anything quite like Derek Jeter’s resurgent 2012 season.
Here they are, Evan Roberts’ original 2012 MLB power rankings. Let’s see what lessons can be learned…
With the new playoff format, the Yankees’ next move is to, well, be patient. “To have the best record and not know where you’re going is strange,” manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yanks are a confident team now, a powerful team. They found their swagger. Now the Bombers go straight to the three-of-five ALDS, where they sit, appropriately, at No. 1.