As always, these are random observations about the Yankees’ recent play.
Alex Rodriguez | In Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays Alex hit his 30th home run of the season. The milestone brings the number of consecutive seasons that he’s had at least 30 homers and 100 RBI to a baseball-leading 13 (14 in total). It is even more impressive because as recently as mid-August few baseball prognosticators thought A-Rod would get there.
First, all four of the playoff teams have their problems and are limping right now. It is a 162-game season. That’s what happens. Second, as much as analysts focus on what baseball players have done lately, all 162 games count. The Yankees, Rays and Rangers more or less locked their postseason berths up at the end of July. August and September didn’t matter for them. They all clinched playoff berths despite mediocre records this month. The Baltimore Buck Showalters, on the other hand, went 17-11 in August and 14-12 in September, making up four games on the Yankees in the process. Guess who’s playing in October?
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