For only the second time since 1996 there will be no baseball in the Bronx come October, as the Yankees pretty much sealed their fate when they lost 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants this past Sunday, which also happened to be Mariano Rivera Day.
Sadly, the loss almost marked the last start at Yankee Stadium for Andy Pettitte as well. Pettitte pitched a gem but the Yankee bats were totally stale.
Here is a playoff bracket as of today, Tuesday September 24th, as it easier to see the layout.
Please note that the American League (AL)Wild Card teams are not confirmed but with six games remaining it would take a miracle for things to be different.
It was a three game sweep that made Yankee fans everywhere question whether this 2013 team is even good enough to compete if they happen to slide into the postseason, which would be via Wild Card berth only.
That is because the moment the Red Sox finished off the Yankees last night, they eliminated the Bronx Bombers from any possibility of winning the AL East. Not that anyone thought that was even faintly plausible anyway.