The Yankees FINALLY clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday night, defeating the Blue Jays 6-1. The big man earned his paycheck tonight as CC Sabathia mowed down Jays’ hitters in another dominant performance.
Again, Sabathia is the Yankees savior, and he will have to pitch similar outings this postseason if the Yankees are to have a chance for another ring. Unfortunately, they won’t get to play the team from up north, the competition will be a lot harder.
Now the final regular season hurdles are to try to clinch not only the division and the best record in the AL, which will assure the Yankees home-field advantage in both the ALDS and ALCS. The Yankees currently trail the Rays for both of those by a 1/2 game. The Twins, who have lost four in a row, trail the Rays by two games.
That’s 1-1/2 games behind the bombers for those of you who struggle with counting. Much like the NY Jets Antonio “how many kids do I have?” Cromartie. Let’s just say that if the Jets have a good as year as he did in 2007, they’ll win the Superbowl easily.
Ok, that was off topic, but that video will never get old.
Whether they get it or not, home field advantage will not be an issue for the Yankees, who tend to play well on the road. Another big reason is the big man Sabathia. It’s well known that he like to pitch in warm weather rather than colder, and if game one is in Texas or Tampa, the weather will most certainly be warm. As a matter of fact, I can guarantee that it will be 72 degrees for the games at Tropicana Field. The temperatures will hopefully not be an issue, just something to think about. Plus, Sabathia is over 300 pounds, so if anybody is going to be able to stay warm it will be him.
Now that the Yanks are back in the postseason to defend their title, they have no excuses. There isn’t time to work on pitching flaws, or poor hitting mechanics, it’s time to win. As Hank Steinbrenner once said, “These players are being paid a lot of money, and they had better decide for themselves to earn that money.”
When you’re on the Yankees, you get paid to win in October, so it’s time for the Yanks to earn their paychecks.