It took WAY longer than it should’ve but, finally, the Yankees punched their ticket to the 2010 playoffs by beating the Blue Jays 6-1. In holding down the Blue Jays through eight full innings, CC Sabathia (8.1 3 1 1 2 8 ) put on a clinic of dominance and efficiency until finally losing a bit of steam in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Offensively, the Yankees were effective enough (although by no means perfect) in support of Sabathia’s gem. So, with the win, the good starting pitching and the workmanlike effort by the lineup, all is well, right? Well, almost.
After watching Mariano Rivera look shaky over his past few outings, I would’ve preferred that the Yankees throw cannon fodder out for the last two outs of the game instead of spending the valuable bullets remaining in Rivera’s gun. And therein lies my frustration with Joe Girardi. In high leverage spots over the past two weeks, Girardi has routinely gone to some of his least-qualified options. Tonight, in a game where the Yankees needed two outs before they gave up five runs, Girardi went to Rivera. Perplexing, at least to me.
In any case, the Yankees are now playing for another World Series. It was a tough road to get here but hopefully this is the sign of better days ahead.