A Lot: Rays-Rangers Play-in Gamer

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.

5 comments… add one

  • A pre-play-in play-in! Go Rangers; eff da Rays.

    Devine September 30, 2013, 4:18 pm
  • Longoria seems to show up big in every clutch game.

    IronHorse - YF September 30, 2013, 8:59 pm
  • Rangers get 1 back, but it’s probably gonna have to be the Injuns or Sox that stop these d’s.

    Devine September 30, 2013, 9:15 pm
  • For all the hatred shared by YFs and SFs for the Rays, I’ve got to respect what that organization has done with a limited budget, very though division, and the worst fan-base in all of baseball if not all of sports (I can’t think of another team n any sport that is a perennial playoff contender and yet cannot even fill half their stadium late in the season).

    I can’t believe Mo is gone.

    IronHorse - YF October 1, 2013, 2:30 am
  • “…It seems Selig might have done one good thing, because this is rather exciting. …”

    mostly i agree with this sentiment gerb…nobody’s probably been a tougher critic [at least here] of selig than me…that criticism included the addition of wild cards, which in my mind [still] awards mediocrity…the idea that the yankees were still in the playoff discussion with a few weeks to go was crazy…but there they were, only 1 game back on sept something-or-other…and then a rather uninspired 10-13 finish sealed their inevitable fate…but i agree it was captivating, til it wasn’t…i had the discussion with a friend…and hopefully i sound more like a realist baseball-loving fan than a selfish, spoiled, entitled yankee fan [i am both], but i told that friend i would rather miss the playoffs altogether than see the yankees wind up in the wild card sudden-death cage match and get bounced…or worse, add to their [which is probably now a] record of first round bounce-outs…i’m getting less heat from non-yankee fans for this year’s performance than i have for the first round exit seasons…the baseball fan in me might actually enjoy the playoffs this time…

    i share your sentiments about the rays IH, except maybe the hatred part…there have been a few things about them that rub me the wrong way other than they are in our division, but like you, i’ve got nothing but respect for how that organization has been able to field a championship caliber team year in and year out…especially the pitching…for that, i have nothing but envy…come on yankees…that’s the model you should be following for pitching development…i’ve been to a handful of the rays-yankees games in tampa…i actually like the quirkiness of the place…as for their fans, i’ve met both of them, and they’re pretty cool…

    “I can’t believe Mo is gone.”…dude, that one hasn’t sunk in yet…

    dc October 1, 2013, 11:59 am

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