LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees' Postseason Berth: Stuff of Nightmares Or Glimmer of Hope?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Yankees' Postseason Berth: Stuff of Nightmares Or Glimmer of Hope?

Inexplicable seems to be the word that best describes the Yankees effort during the 2015 season. Just when you think you've got something going......

And the thought just trails off, unfinished and unfulfilled. Except that the Yankees somehow made the playoffs. So there is still light at the end of the tunnel, though many believe it is the headlight of a locomotive bearing down on them. It is the stuff of nightmares. Or, is it a glimmer of hope?

After three straight losses to the Red Sox at the stadium, the nature of each loss seemed to make it clear that the Yankees have no business playing in October, Game four of the series was played last night, and the Yankees did what they do best. They hit three home runs. Carlos Beltran, Rob Refsnyder and Greg Bird all hit solo home runs in a 4-1 Yankees win that clinched a spot in the 2015 American League post season.

The Yankees live to play another day beyond the regular schedule. And one day is all they may get, playing a winner take all game that will catapult the Yankees or their yet to be determined opponent, into a Division Series match up against either Toronto or Kansas City.

For the first time in three seasons there is life at the end of the regular season. And  that feels good.

What doesn't feel good is that the Yankees face uncertainties. Masahiro Tanaka returned to the rotation against Boston, back from a slight hamstring injury and threw an unimpressive five innings. He is the Yankees one game ace next Tuesday. CC Sabathia, the Yankees leader in total innings pitched in 2015, who has pitched well lately, is a certainty for the rotation should the Yankees advance. Adam Warren, who pitched three solid innings out of the bullpen last night, might be the best starting pitcher after Luis Severino. What is Warren's role if the Yankees do advance? What about the physical status of Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and maybe a couple of guys we haven't even heard about yet?

All that is known is that the Yankees are in the post season for the first time since 2012.  Who among us thought this possible back in April? That  alone, issues aside, feels good.

Milestones on Thursday
The Yankees won their 10,000th game in the franchise's history. The franchise began in 1903 as the Highlanders. Now in their 113th season, the Yankees have averaged just over 88 wins per season. In 1961 the season went from a 154 game schedule to the 162 game season, which is still in place. Despite recent struggles at home the Yankees finished the regular season 47-34 in the Bronx.

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