Yay Wild Card!

September 29, 2010 – 12:23 pm

xyzzyNYY 6, Toronto 1. CC Sabathia quickly returned to being the dominating pitcher we all know and love, the Yankees managed to play some great small ball for once, and the net result is that at long last a playoffs spot is now clinched. It’s been a rough ride for the last three and a half weeks, for sure. Just 24 days ago, the Yankees had a comfortable 2.5 game lead in the East, were 36 games over .500, and were on their way to a 100+ win season and being the odds-on favorite to win their 28th World Series. But now they’ve had to settle for the wild card spot, and quite likely won’t even be favored to make it past Minnesota in the divisional series. A rough finish to the season indeed.

That said, though, the reality is that for five plus months this team was the best team in all of baseball, and just because they did have a bad slide in September doesn’t mean they can’t quickly pull out of it and start playing like they were just four weeks ago. And there have been a lot of good signs of just that happening lately. Last night CC showed everyone just how good he can be in the clutch, giving up just one run on three hits over 8.1 innings. Whenever CC is on the mound, you have to like the Yankees chances. And in the post-season he’ll be starting at least every fourth game, and maybe third. Andy Pettitte is still a big question mark, but he’s always been a big game pitcher who can keep you in the game even when he doesn’t have his best stuff. Then there’s the bullpen, where the combination of David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Kerry Wood, and Mariano Rivera has been the most reliable part of this team all year. Offensively you have to like the fact that Captain Jeter is finally back to hitting the way he always has in the past — over the last two weeks his BA is .321 and OBP is .413. Also, Mark Teixeira seems to be over his brief slump, and Alex Rodriquez is well, still “the man” in the cleanup spot.

So add it all up and there’s no reason not to be optimistic about the playoffs. Right?

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