LADY AT THE BAT: Down The Stretch They Come...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Down The Stretch They Come...

Barring anything catastrophic, the New York Yankees will make the 2007 Playoffs. Though I never really gave up hope that this would happen, I was never really sure if the Yankees could come back after the horrendous start they got off to this year. Now, with a 4.5 game lead over Detroit in the AL Wild Card Race with 11 games to play, Joe Torre and his staff are thinking about who should be on the post-season roster and who shouldn't be.

Mike Mussina is definitely making a case for himself to be placed on the post-season roster. After a good start in Toronto last week, Moose pitched beautifully last night, giving up no runs on 3 hits in 7 strong innings, walking only one and striking out 6. It was vintage Mike Mussina. At this point, it looks like he'll be the fourth starter in the playoffs and Phil Hughes, who's been mediocre (but has improved lately), will be in the bullpen or, perhaps, not even on the roster. Lots of decisions for Torre and his staff to make.

These are nice problems for the Yankees to have. How many people thought this team would be having these problems right now? Very few, indeed. I know Red Sox Nation never thought this would happen. Boston only leads the AL East by 2.5 games now, the smallest lead they've had since way back at the beginning of the season. They probably won't, but if the Sox blow the lead entirely, they'll still make the playoffs as the Wild Card, unlike the Mets, who, if they're caught by the Phillies, probably will miss the playoffs entirely. What a turn of events!

The Lady

[Photo: Kathy Willens/AP]

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