You’d be somewhat hard pressed to find someone who loves baseball more than I do – especially Yankees baseball – but, 3 hours and 52 minutes for a 6-4, nine inning game, with no rain delays or the like is somewhat insufferable…again…even for me.
In any event, moving on to the important result from this game, coupled with the Red Sox loss to the White Sox today…the Yankees now have a 8.5 game lead in the A.L. East with 26 games to go. And, New York’s magic number is now 19 (to take the A.L. crown). If the Yankees go 13-13 in their remaining 26 games, then the Red Sox will have to go 23-4 to pass New York. Basically, once the Red Sox lose four more games, this puppy is 99.9999999999% locked up for the Yanks.
Also, with their loss, the Red Sox and Rangers find themselves in a heckuva fight for the A.L. Wildcard. Texas lost a tough one today. But, overall, they’ve won four of their last five games – and six of their last ten – to keep the pressure on the Bosox. And, if Texas takes the wildcard, then New York would face them in the ALDS (more than likely).
As I wrote the other day – You want to deal with Motown’s Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Rick Porcello in a best three out of five set? Or, does Texas’ Kevin Millwood, Scott Feldman and Tommy Hunter scare you less?