Loud hip-hop music blared, and champagne and beer flowed while players congratulated each other and posed for pictures inside the clubhouse wearing grey t-shirts reading “Postseason is Ours”.
Yesterday the New York Yankees did what they haven’t been able to do in two years and that is clinch a playoff spot.
With a 4-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday, the Yankees (87-72) secured a spot in the wild-card game to be played October 6. “These guys to me did it on a lot of just heart and hard work”. We have age on this team.
“They always kept fighting”, said the manager who wears the uniform number of the championship they are chasing, No. 28.
Rookie Steven Matz, who was expected to serve as New York’s fourth starter, visited doctors due to the back spasms that forced him to be scratched from a scheduled start on Thursday. They were swept in the next round by the Detroit Tigers and struggled with massive injuries the next two years while getting 84 and 85 wins, respectively. It took the Yankees three days against their arch-rival, the Red Sox, and their last home game of the year to deserve it, but they finally made it.
Astros (84-75) at Diamondbacks (78-81), 9:40 p.m.: With the Angels and Rangers squaring off in Arlington, the Astros travel to Arizona to finish the regular season with a three-game series against the D-backs. “That’s a different team than we’d seen all spring and summer”, Rodriguez said. “For us, we want to get him back out there and know he’s capable of doing everything he needs to do”. You’ve got to prove that you’ve got be a postseason team. The Yankees need to win one more game to clinch home-field advantage for the AL Wild Card Game.
“It feels like an eternity”, Sabathia said.
Kennedy (9-15) allowed one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts over six innings for his first win since August 22. This is a preview of what the Yankees’ pitching staff can bring into said postseason.
Sabathia labored into the fifth, when he gave up an RBI single by Mookie Betts that trimmed the Yankees’ lead to 2-1.
Sabathia had a 2-0 lead after Beltran opened the second by driving a full count fastball from Rich Hill (2-1) over the right field wall and third baseman Brendan Ryan added an RBI single five batters later.
Adam Warren deserved half the decision for backing up Sabathia with three scoreless innings in which he allowed two baserunners.
“It changed the dynamic of it, and truth be told, he was executing on his own”, Boston interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Years that we won 100 games, we were just playing to expectations”.
Rays 4, Marlins 2: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning for host Tampa Bay. “It ended up going out”. The Yankees also have been using veteran Carlos Beltran nearly every day since the All-Star Game. Even Joe Girardi thought it might.
The Red Sox, whose six-game winning streak was snapped, and who were officially eliminated earlier in the week, are homeward-bound for the remainder of the month – once they take care of their final road series in Cleveland this weekend. I’ve been more consistent because of that. Bogaerts entered Thursday six shy of 200.