The Yankees do not want to be one of the two AL Wild Cards, as that could entail possibly flying out to Oakland for a one, do or die game that could either end their postseason; or have them on the next plane back to the Bronx to face either the White Sox or the Detroit Tigers.
Even if the Athletics wound up having to come to the Bronx for the Wild Card match-up, and the Yankees did win, facing either of the rested AL Central teams, which as of today would mean Justin Verlander is not ideal.
So, this leaves Girardi with some decisions to make sure the Yankees win this divisional fight against the Baltimore Orioles, who share the same 92-67 record with New York.
So, here is what I hope Joe Girardi might have in his binder for the last three regular season games vs. the Red Sox, who the Yankees have hit 34 homers against in the 15-games they have played against them this season.
Here is my short-list (or wishes):
2) Have Chris Dickerson start a game. Dickerson brings speed on the bases; he has had some clutch hits and plays a great outfield.
3) Let CC Sabathia go deep into game. Don’t pull Sabathia before the eighth inning if possible to rest bullpen if the rumor that Ivan Nova is actually going to start tomorrow night is true. According to Newsday, Girardi has him penciled in for now.
4) Do everything possible not to have Ivan Nova start tomorrow night. The likelihood of Nova struggling is highly probable, so if the Yankees lose that game, it is on Girardi. If the Yankees loss the division because of Nova, it is on Girardi. Much rather have David Phelps, or even Freddy Garcia throw four innings than watch Nova implode again.
There are a ton of more dos and don’ts, like a free pass to steal bases and bunt at free will because it does make a difference, as we saw in the Yankees comeback win vs. the Blue Jays yesterday.
Otherwise, congratulations are in order to the Yankees for making their 17th postseason in 18 years.
Wild Card or AL East Champ might be the priority but the fact that the Yankees get to this point all the time is a huge accomplishment and as a fan I am very proud.
Now it is time to go win #28 but first let’s go get some birds.
“When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.” – Earnest Hemingway
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