I don’t like this week…
Since the Yankees clinched the AL East and best league record, they haven’t had anything to play for.
The Yanks presently have 102 wins, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that ends up as the season total. With the Yankees relegated to spring training-like intensity, their possible first round opponents are engaged in a ‘knock down, drag out’ battle to the end. The Tigers have the edge, but tonight the Tigers are losing and the Twins are winning so the 2 game lead may be reduced to 1. This race will most likely go to the wire, so the winner of the AL Central will come into the AL Division Series at a very high intensity level.
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Hopefully, the Yanks will be able to kick start their own intensity level when the ALDS begins. Otherwise, they could get off to a sluggish start.
Well, so much for a 20 win season for CC Sabathia. Pitching tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, CC lasted just 2 2/3 innings. He gave up 8 hits and 9 runs (4 of the runs were unearned due to a rare Mark Teixeira error). It is my hope that the ALDS will feature the August-September version of Sabathia. But of course, my good friend Julia (of Julia’s Rants) was very quick to note: “It’s October – I see that CC is getting into playoff form…”.
I know that CC has a career 7.92 ERA in postseason play, but he does have a chance for redemption. A win in Game 1 of the ALDS would be a great start…
Back when Clint Hurdle was fired as manager of the Colorado Rockies, who would have guessed that the Rockies would enter the final weekend with a chance to overtake the Los Angeles Dodgers. Entering tonight’s game between the two teams, the Dodgers hold a slim 2 game lead. The Dodgers are assured of a playoff spot, but they’ve definitely struggled the second half. At this point, I’d have to say that I like the St. Louis Cardinals as the eventual National League Champion. I have always wanted to see a Cardinals-Yankees World Series, so hopefully this is the year. My first baseball game (in person) featured the Los Angeles Dodgers in St. Louis against the Cardinals, so a Cards-Yanks series is definitely a sentimental choice for me.
The Green Bay Packers travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Monday, so the hype should definitely be building over the next couple of days. Of course, this won’t be anything like the game in November when the Vikings travel to Lambeau Field, but it will still be strange watching Favre work against the Packers. Nevertheless, I still think Favre looks strange in purple…