Jorge & Unit might not be as slick as Bacardi & Cola, but, tonight, they got the job done.
Randy Johnson, when he’s on, as we saw this evening, can be unhittable. But, when it goes for him, it goes in a hurry. He’s fooled me a few times now – in thinking that he might throw a no-no. But, just when you start to think it’s safe to begin counting off the outs needed that are left, he seems to give up a hit. I guess, at his age, a no-hitter is not meant to be……unless he gets some great plays made behind him when it’s late in the game.
So, the magic number is now 15 with 24 games to go.
If the Yankees win five of their next seven, that would get the number down to ten. And, if Boston (at the same time) loses three of their next six games, that would get the magic number down to seven – leading into when the Sox arrive in the Bronx.
Then, it would take a sweep (of Boston) by New York when the Yankees return home to clinch the A.L. East.
Thinking this over now, it looks like the Yankees will probably clinch around September 22nd (while they are on the road). The timing here is a shame – it would have been nice to see them clinch at home. Still, it’s nice to wrap it up with ten or so games to go.
That will eliminate any excuse of being tired heading into the A.L.D.S.