I can't wait for Jason Giambi and his ugly mustache to be watching the playoffs on TV... (AP Photo)
If the Red Sox were able to pull off yesterdays win (which they should have) the death toll would be singing loud and clear for the Yankees and their postseason hopes. Instead the Sox lost and also fell another game (4.5 now) behind the
Devil Rays. The Yankees season, for all intents and purposes, is over now as they only have a 3.0% chance of making the playoffs. It's weird too, this year they never really seemed in it as the Red Sox have found themselves in the most unpredictable of two man races.
I do have to give it up to the
Devil Rays though, they've way surpassed every expectation I had of them this year and trust me, I'm done predicting their demise. I think the AL East is theirs, there's just too many games to make up in too short a period of time. I'm fine with the Wild Card though, and would take an ALCS played against the Rays any day of the week. An ALDS against the Angels used to be fine, but this year...not so much. I'm getting way ahead of myself though.
As far as yesterdays loss goes I'd have to point my finger towards Tito on this one. Yeah Oki blew the game (and another brilliant performance by Lester) but that just made it a 0-0 game. Why Masterson was out there in 9th is beyond me. Everybody was fawning all over the kid after he enticed A-Rod into that double play a few nights ago, however what is forgotten is that he couldn't get one out for the team the next inning. My point: The way A-Rod was going that night fate was against him, it was by no means the brilliance or emergance of Justin Masterson. Having him out there after that poor performance in a game that would kill your arch rival in your final game in Yankees Stadium just doesn't seem smart to me.
I guess my point is there's still plenty of games to have him grow and learn to pitch under pressure, I just don't think yesterday afternoon was one of those games. Papelbon was in there with the basesloaded and one out, not nessessarily an enviable position, and the second time in two days Justin put him in that spot.
Either way, see you later Yankees, see you later Yankee Stadium. All focus can now officially be off of them and on the Wild Card. The AL East is an outside shot, but I think maybe a little too far outside.