Tampa Bay 8, NYY 7

September 29, 2011 – 10:34 am

What a wild and crazy ending to the season. You play 161 regular season games, and in the AL alone you still end up with four games that matter on the last day, and of those four, two end up being won by walk-off hits, one in extra innings. Most of Yankee Nation seems thrilled that the hated Bosox didn’t make it to the playoffs, their total collapse being one of the more epic fails in the history of the game. And I have to admit, I’m loving every minute of that. To see the biggest jerkweed of them all, Jonathan Papelbon, blow the save and lose the game in the ninth is one of the best moments in baseball this year.

But now as reality sets in, the pairings in the playoffs could not have been worse for the Yankees. They easily win the number one seed, and for that they are rewarded by having to play Detroit, who is by far and away the toughest of the four teams to beat in a 5-game series because of Justin Verlander who will start two of the five games. Meanwhile, Texas, the number two seed, gets Tampa Bay, who in spite of their last game heroics really have no business even being in the playoffs. Even if the Yankees can make it by Verlander and the Tigers, it’s liable to be a grueling 5-game series, while the Rangers could easily win their series in three games and thus be plenty rested up for the Yankees. Which could easily spell a repeat of last year’s disastrous championship series. Ah, but I’m getting way ahead of things here. Winning game one Friday could change everything!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 9 1 11 5
Rays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 1 8 10 1 10 9
WP: J. McGee (5-2)   LP: S. Proctor (2-6)
HR: NYY – M. Teixeira (2), A. Jones, TB – E. Longoria (2), D. Johnson
LOB: NYY 8, TB 15   RISP: NYY 2-for-12, TB 1-for-13

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