Joe Girardi was asked in mid-August how many wins the Yankees needed to get into the playoffs. His reply was, “A lot. Thirty-five, maybe. It might take 35 to get in.”
He was right; that would have given the Bombers 93 wins from that point in time. 91 wins wasn’t enough to safely slot the Rays or Rangers, as Cleveland sits in the first wildcard position at 92 wins. Now Tampa Bay and Texas have to sort it out. While the Red Sox get rest that may or may not be needed for the ALDS and Yankee fans wonder if Girardi might go manage the Cubs, David Price and Nelson Cruz are on the bump for their respective teams in a winner-take-all, one-game contest. The cage-match of baseball, if you will. Until the next cage match where one of these teams face the Tribe. It seems Selig might have done one good thing, because this is rather exciting. Comment away.