Yankees Quick Hits by Bryan Revello
- With the season’s end nearing, it is time to start thinking ahead. The Yankees are looking strong for the postseason with a little over 3 weeks remaining. There is also more than enough time for the AL East Championship hunt to take a few more dramatic turns. However, thinking about the possibility of the Yankees playing in their first ever Wild Card one-game playoff has me excited and petrified all the same. When analyzing the situation, I actually think the Yankees profile better as a team that needs to win one game over an entire series. They can roll out ace Masahiro Tanaka and also rely on their elite bullpen in a “win or go home” scenario. This could be a legendary game for fans. On the flip side, a 7 game series seems like a greater obstacle based on the lacking of starting pitching depth.
- I saved Mark Teixeira’s quick hit for the second bullet point because I didn’t want to lead with negativity. Not having Tex for the remainder of the season and playoffs is a huge loss. Veteran leadership and a huge bat missing in the heart of the order doesn’t cripple the Yanks but certainly is a significant road block in their path to a 2015 World Series championship. It will be exciting to see Greg Bird rushed into a big game playoff scenario and he looks really good for a youngster but that still doesn’t make Teixeira’s loss any easier to swallow.
- Toronto’s offense showed why they are so scary last night in the first inning. You blink your eyes and two home runs later the score is 5-0 in the first. They are a high powered offense that can strike against anyone. If the Yankees were to play them in a playoff series, do the Yanks have the starting pitching to stop these guys? Will we hold them down enough in order to get to our strong bullpen? Those are a few tough questions to ask ourselves…
About the Author
Bryan Revello is the Editor in Chief for New York Sportscene. A New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast, he can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.