Analyzing moves made by the Yankees in the off-season and game recaps during the season.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
American League East Champions
Well, the Yankees have done it. They have clinched the top spot in the American League East without needing the help of the Tampa Bay Rays. All of the negativity by everybody questioning this team during their second half struggles has been answered as the Yankees come all the way back, fighting off the Orioles multiple times for the division lead and they get the lead for good on the final day of the season. Robinson Cano put on a show as he belted two home runs and drove in six runs, matching a career high. Curtis Granderson delivered big as well with two home runs, adding four more RBI to his name. Every Yankee had a special game because in the end, they did what they needed to do. This is a perfect time for the Yankees to start heating up offensively. Now, they must take the next step in their climb toward a twenty-eighth world championship.
The Yankees will open the ALDS on Sunday against the winner of the one game wildcard. The Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles will square off in Texas on Friday night to determine the team that will advance into the first round of the postseason to face the New York Yankees. It was amazing to watch the Athletics win the game against the Rangers today as they put the finishing touches on their regular season and came out with the American League West title over the Texas Rangers who were alone in first place for almost 200 days! This is a special season for baseball not only because of the extra wildcard, but more importantly because of the teams playing in the wildcard game and the magic of the teams who were thought to be in last place before the season began. Oakland and Baltimore have shocked the baseball world and have proven that payroll means nothing.
The Yankees clincher was a special game for me to watch because they truly earned it this season. Last year, the Yankees clinched early and I believe that it was part of the reason they made such an early exit in the playoffs. This season however, the Yankees have been playing their best baseball when they needed to play it and that energy should carry over into the playoffs. I'm just ecstatic that the Yankees will not play the Oakland Athletics in the division series. I would not want to face that team right now after their second half surge and after they took the Rangers' first place spot. Detroit should watch out for the Athletics because the A's do not look like they can be stopped right now.
Well, it's been a fun regular season and I have enjoyed writing each and every one of these blogs for my readers to enjoy. I hope that everyone will continue to read my posts as the Yankees head into the playoffs and will continue reading into the off season and beyond.
Thank you and I look forward to this upcoming postseason. Hopefully for the Yankees, it will be a special one.