The 2010 New York Yankees are officially in the playoffs as the American League Wild Card Winners. Instead of celebrating with champagne and AL East Championship T-Shirts, the Yanks ended the season with an 8-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park this past Sunday.
That's the information the American public knows today. What they don't know is that the Yankees had no intention to win the division, rather they wanted to have the easiest road possible for the playoffs.
First off, I mean let's face it Dustin Moseley starting at pitcher to clinch the division for New York?
Are you kidding me?
Even if the Rays still had to lose for the Yanks to win the division, they have a pitcher who has a 12-10 record all-time and an earn run average of 5.24? Obviously the division title wasn't as important to manager Joe Girardi and New York, because if it was they would have started a pitcher who had more talent,(sorry Dustin.)
Finally, Did anyone else see the bunt that David Ortiz laid down for the Red Sox? It didn't even look like the Yankees infield tried to get him out. It was a lazy play and Ortiz should never have been safe in the first place.
Look, it might not be that big of a deal since they are in the playoffs already, but the Yankees had two options; win the division and play the Texas Rangers first, or lose the division and face the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS.
The Yankees defeated the Twins 2-1 in their regular season best of three series, while they only tied the Rangers 4-4 in their best of eight game series.
While it might not be that big of an edge, the point is the Yankees controlled their own fate. If they wanted the division crown they could have taken it by storm, but instead they wanted the best playoff road for them, which was the AL Wild Card.
Now they face the team the chose to face; the Minnesota Twins. That game begins Wednesday at 8:37 pm only on Fox.
~James Cook Future Associated Press
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