Wednesday, September 23, 2009
With Tuesday night's Texas loss (coupled with a hard-fought (and rare) win on the West Coast), the New York Yankees officially clinched a postseason berth for the 14th time in 15 years. They currently lead the Red Sox by 6 games in the A.L. East with 10 games remaining (including a three-game series with Boston at the Stadium). The magic number is at 6.
It's nice to know the Bronx Bombers have a guaranteed spot in the playoffs, especially considering their relatively poor play of late. Something about the Angels just brings out the very worst in this team, which is why it's so important for the Yankees to hold on and win the division so that they don't have to face L.A. in the first round of the playoffs. Wrapping up the season with the best record is imperative, too, in the event that the Angels and Yankees wind up playing one another in the ALCS; this Yankees team simply cannot win at Angel Stadium.
The weather might be cooling down, but the playoff races are heating up.