New York Yankees: Will They Make Playoffs?
The New York Yankees finally got their Captain Derek Jeter back, and traded for former Yankee Alfonso Soriano. All is good in the Bronx, and there is rumors that say Alexander “A-Rod” Rodriguez might be on the way if he can avoid another suspension for violating the MLB Drug Policy.
Derek Jeter hit a home run on the very first pitch he saw, and most importantly, didn’t get injured while doing it. Alfonso Soriano also left his mark on the game, racking up four hits in his five AB’s. Soriano fits right in with the Yankees organization, why? He’s 37 years old, you have to be at least in your mid to late-thirties to play for the Yankees. Ok, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration.
I hate to rain on the Yankees parade, today’s game was a great one, but they’ve still got a ways to go. As of today, they are 7.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, and seven games behind the Tampa Bay Rays. As crazy as it sounds, seven games isn’t much at the moment since there is plenty of time left in the season–so it’s certainly reachable.
As we’ve seen this year, just because Jeter has came back, it doesn’t mean he’s here to stay. Re-injuries have absolutely killed the Yankees this season, and they cannot afford for any more to happen.
This year hasn’t been a normal year for the Bronx Bombers after all the injuries and re-injuries. Just making the Playoffs would be a great accomplishment. Getting one of the two Wild Card sports, and playing in the one-game playoff to decide who moves on to the actual postseason will be good enough.
I fully expect the Yankees to make the playoffs this year. Yes, they will win the Wild card and face the Tampa Bay Rays in a one-game playoff in Yankee Stadium, and they will win that game, and go onto the ALDS. So, the answer is yes, the New York Yankees will reach the postseason for yet another year.
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