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.
This is what makes the Yanks so interesting: no one truly knows which team will appear on the field this weekend. Or for Friday’s wild card game. Or for a 163rd game in Baltimore.
Get ready for some more edge-of-your-seat baseball. This is the fun part.
The Yankees are totally set for the playoffs, eager to break out the bats, balls and gloves for really big games. Maybe they should log on to MapQuest, Hotels.com and Travelocity, too.
With a trip to the postseason all but guaranteed, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has pushed all the right buttons to avoid that silly one-game playoff setup.
It’s a fight for survival at the top of the AL East , where some weird stuff could happen if the standings remain static.