Yankees Quick Hits by Bryan Revello
- The upcoming “win or go home” Wild Card playoff game is the first time the Yankees will be a participant since the playoff system changed in 2012. A fitting occasion as the Yankees’ celebrate the anniversary of Bucky Dent’s legendary home run which is the only other time in franchise history that the Yanks played a single elimination game to advance in the playoffs. It is looking more likely that the game will be played at Yankee Stadium as long as the Yanks win one of their final three games. It has also been announced that Tanaka will start the game which is great news. It is my hope that the Yanks are able to score some runs for Tanaka early on and allow him breathing room to give up a homer (or 2), as the long ball has been one of his weaknesses this season. The Stadium will be rocking on Tuesday.
- The Yankees have drawn praise for becoming the first team in American League history to reach 10,000 wins. An amazing accomplishment that is only shared by the Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Pirates (teams that all started in the 19th century). What is most impressive is that the Yanks have the best winning percentage of any of these teams at the time of the 10,000th victory and still have the best winning percentage of any MLB team.
- The Astros, Angels and Twins are the most realistic threats of winning the other wild card spot as the weekend began. I like a potential matchup against the Angels the most followed by the Twins and lastly the Astros. The Astros have a big time starter in Dallas Kuechel and a strong bullpen which is why I would prefer to avoid them. The Angels and Twins both have their strengths but I like the way they matchup better with the Yanks in a one-game scenario. Let’s see what happens this weekend.
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 email@example.com.