No Surrender This Time
I figured that the Yankees had no chance to make the playoffs when they were 14 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and 8 1/2 games and tied for 8th for the Wild Card on May 29. Too much of a deficit to make up against a very good team (Boston) and too many teams (Wild Card).
Yesterday, the Yankees clinched a playoff spot. They won't catch Boston (3 back with 4 to play). But, they made the Red Sox very nervous. And, they showed they can beat them head-to-head, winning 5 out of the last six in the last month.
The Yankees bullpen is thin, but the stretched out playoff schedule will help them. They can hit off of anyone. They play hard and don't give up. And, you only have to win 3 out of 5 or 4 out of 7 to win a playoff series. They've been playing playoff baseball for four months as their season teetered on the brink.
Going into the playoffs as a Wild Card has worked for the past three champs. Maybe that's what the Yankees need to win another World Series. If they do, it will be Joe Torre's best managing job. He dealt with lots of injuries, rookie pitchers, and a team that could have given up.