• It Comes Down To The Last 3 Games In The A.L. East

    Posted by on September 30th, 2012 · Comments (11)

    Big comeback win by the Yankees today.  Let’s get excited about it.  But, don’t lose sight of the fact that they had to comeback because they allowed themselves to fall into a deep hole, against the last place Blue Jays, in the game as well.  Basically, they saved their own rears in this one.

    And, of course, Baltimore, the team that everyone expects to stop winning, keeps winning.  That said, at this point, you should start expecting the O’s to win everyday.

    Now, Boston comes into New York.  The Red Sox have lost 23 of their last 30 games.  Yes, Boston is 7-23 in their last thirty.  They suck.

    It will be Clay Buchholz against CC Sabathia, Jon Lester versus Ivan Nova (or someone else), and Daisuke Matsuzaka taking on Hiroki Kuroda. (Japan is going to love that one.)

    Will the Red Sox continue to tank their games, they way they have over their last thirty? Or, will they play these games like it was the World Series?

    The Orioles, meanwhile, head to Tampa Bay for three games. The first contest there is the biggest since the Rays are still “live” in the wildcard case for that one. But, if they lose, or, if the A’s win later that night, then Tampa Bay is done. And, after that, I fully expect the Rays to play dead for the Orioles over the last two games.

    The Yankees need to win at least two from the Red Sox – and maybe three games. If not, then it’s wildcard city for New York. And, it may even be “head to Oakland” time if the Rangers play dead for the A’s to close out the season.

    How do you go from a 10-game lead on July 18th to backing in as the second wildcard team? OK, I know how…

    I just don’t know how you’re supposed to feel good about it, if you’re the Yankees.

    Comments on It Comes Down To The Last 3 Games In The A.L. East

    1. Evan3457
      September 30th, 2012 | 10:55 pm

      Doubt the Rangers will play dead…they need at least 1 win to wrap up the division, and the Yanks and O’s are just 1 game behind them for best record in the league.

      Yanks catch a break, because the last series is in Oakland, not in Texas. Therefore, the Rays must play hard tomorrow, because the 1st game in Oakland won’t start before the Rays’ 1st game is practically over. Same thing the next night if the Rangers win the 1st one. And on like that.

      And don’t be so quick to pooh-pooh this win. Hughes buried them, to be sure, but they dug themselves out of a deep hole, on the road, in a place they haven’t played well in for a number of years, and under severe pressure, knowing the O’s had their game in hand the whole day.

      As for the Sox, of course they’ll play hard, and Bobby V will pull out all the stops if only to try to make his prediction come true on his way out the door.

      So, let’s watch, and see what happens. The Yanks’ chances of winning the division are probably about 50/50, just as you’d expect.

    2. Evan3457
      September 30th, 2012 | 10:57 pm

      Oh, and the Yanks have clinched at least a Wild Card (and so have the O’s).

      I’d think a Yankees fan should feel good about that.

      And they didn’t back in nuthin’. They’re in the playoffs playing .600 ball in September, and because they won more games than the Rays and Angels, two pretty good teams.

    3. Garcia
      September 30th, 2012 | 11:04 pm

      Why don’t we just see how this all plays out. Deal? There’s nothing to feel bad about yet, nor is there is anything to feel good about. Yankees just need to play their games and win.

    4. The Sandman
      September 30th, 2012 | 11:14 pm

      Wait is everybody sitting down because you are not gong to believe this, the biggest win of the year so far and Steve has a negative doom and gloom post. Ssssssshocking.

    5. LMJ229
      October 1st, 2012 | 3:52 am

      As Evan said the Rangers will play hard – the A’s are within striking distance for the division. We need the Rangers to take the first two games to keep the Rays in it. The Rays should be able to take at least one game from the O’s. The Yankees should be able to take all three from the Red Sox. If they don’t they will have no one to blame but themselves.

    6. LMJ229
      October 1st, 2012 | 3:58 am

      If the Yankees win out then they would have earned the division. If they falter and need to rely on the Rays to beat Baltimore to win the division then I agree, they would have backed in. That’s my definition of backing in: having to rely on another team to fight your battles. At any rate if the Yankees don’t win the division and enter the playoffs as a wild card team that would be extremely disappointing given their 10 game lead in July.

    7. LMJ229
      October 1st, 2012 | 4:04 am

      Does anyone find it ironic that Selig set up this ridiculous one-game play-in to make the division more meaningful and with 3 games left we don’t have a division winner decided yet?

    8. October 1st, 2012 | 6:58 am

      @ Evan3457:
      @ Garcia:
      @ The Sandman:
      Please allow me to remind you that the Yankees had a 10 game lead 75 days ago and played just about 500 ball since that time, allowing the lead to get to ZERO.

    9. #15
      October 1st, 2012 | 8:07 am

      @ Steve L.:
      Fair enough Steve, but Baltimore deserves a good deal of credit. They have been pounding the ball at a near suspicious rate, getting solid pitching, and winning every close game with late clutch hitting and lights out bullpen work. Their performance has as much to do with the current standings as anything the Yankes haven’t done.

    10. Evan3457
      October 1st, 2012 | 9:48 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      @ Garcia:
      @ The Sandman:
      Please allow me to remind you that the Yankees had a 10 game lead 75 days ago and played just about 500 ball since that time, allowing the lead to get to ZERO.

      .600 ball in September, in the heat of a pennant race that has been tight all month. 3-4 vs. the O’s, allowing the O’s to catch up that last game. Against other opponents, they’ve battled them even.

      The collapse occurred over roughly 7 weeks in July and August. They’ve righted the ship. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, especially if they take 2 of 3, or better, from the Sox.

    11. 77yankees
      October 1st, 2012 | 8:20 pm

      As far as Tampa laying down if they get eliminated tonight – remember, the Orioles last year had nothing to play for the last two weeks of the season, but they played those games against Boston like they were the 6th & 7th games of the World Series.

      Maybe it’s a stretch to suggest the Orioles’ momentum carried over to this season’s result, but the facts seem to show otherwise.

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