• It’s A Lock

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2011 · Comments (8)

    Great job by the Yankees this season. Of course, Boston helped too. (Imagine if the Yankees had actually played well against the Red Sox this year? This thing could have been over weeks ago.)

    Now, on to the ALDS…and waiting to see who wins the wildcard…and who the Yankees will play in the first round.

    Enjoy the next few days. Hope for the best in the ALDS. And, don’t think beyond that point until it happens. It’s still extremely uphill for the Yankees from here. But, you have to be in it, to win it…and, they’re in it…now…it’s a lock.

    Comments on It’s A Lock

    1. Raf
      September 22nd, 2011 | 7:31 am

      It would be nice to give some of the kids a look, but understandable if Girardi doesn’t, what with the AL WC still not decided.

    2. September 22nd, 2011 | 8:07 am

      Screw that. The Yankees owe nothing to anyone. Boston screwed themselves. And, the Yankees shouldn’t care about trying to help the Rays or Angels. Girardi should do whatever he wants – play kids, rest people, etc. And, if anyone has a problem with that, well, then they should have won more games leading into this point of the season.

    3. redbug
      September 22nd, 2011 | 9:41 am

      @ Steve L.:

      I absolutely agree. Girardi should think of the Yanks 1st. Get them ready for the PS. If they were a non-contender, it would be different. Showalter is doing the right things and giving his all vs teams trying to get in the playoffs. The Yanks are not under that obligation.

    4. satchel
      September 22nd, 2011 | 10:25 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Girardi should do whatever he wants – play kids, rest people, etc. And, if anyone has a problem with that, well, then they should have won more games leading into this point of the season.

      Amen. The privilege of clinching early is that you get to rest your starters, set your rotation, and so on – if you want to. There may not be a big home-field advantage in baseball, but given the choice between winning the division with more than a week left to play, or having to use your ace on a one-game playoff after the season ends, who wouldn’t pick the former? The Yankees earned this rest, and if they want to take advantage of it, well, that’s the privilege that comes with winning more games than anyone else. Any other team in their position would do the same.

    5. satchel
      September 22nd, 2011 | 10:28 am

      Also may I say that as an ex-pat New Yorker and Yankees fan who lives in Boston, nothing in the world tastes sweeter to me than a late-season Red Sox collapse?

      The Sox looked great on paper but they really bookended their season with a pair of disastrous months. Their horrendous April would have been forgotten if they’d held on to their division lead. If they manage to make the playoffs, it may still be overlooked. But if they’d played even .500 ball in EITHER April or September, the season looks very, VERY different.

    6. Jim TreshFan
      September 22nd, 2011 | 10:33 am

      Let the Orioles and Blue Jays play hard in their role as spoilers. What other incentive do they have? Let teams like the Yankees (and Phillies) take it easy for a while. They’ve earned it.

    7. Evan3457
      September 22nd, 2011 | 12:14 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Screw that. The Yankees owe nothing to anyone. Boston screwed themselves. And, the Yankees shouldn’t care about trying to help the Rays or Angels. Girardi should do whatever he wants – play kids, rest people, etc. And, if anyone has a problem with that, well, then they should have won more games leading into this point of the season.

      Coudn’t agree more. Gotta give the guys in the pen some down time now. I wouldn’t let Soriano, Robertson, Wade, Ayala, or Logan pick up a baseball until Saturday, at the earliest (preferably Sunday), and after that, I’d give each of them one more game, a couple on Tuesday, a couple on Wednesday.

      Get Swisher out of there most of the time to rest the elbow. Give Granderson at least 2 days off to rest the legs. Get Martin out of there at least 4 of the last 7 games; use Romine and yes, Montero. Cano needs at least one full day off. Jeter and A-Rod get at least one more day off, too.

      And for Pete’s sake, let’s break the shrink-wrap on Brackman and Betances already.

    8. Evan3457
      September 22nd, 2011 | 12:16 pm

      Oh, geez, forgot Mo. He also shouldn’t pitch until Sunday, at the earliest.

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