In the past few weeks the Yankees and the Tigers have played eight times. Most of the games I was “rooting” for the Yankees to win. (I was actually rooting that some weird nuclear outbreak would take over the stadium and everyone’s arms or legs would fall off.) My thinking was, if the Detroit loses, and Cleveland wins, then Cleveland would open a larger lead in the AL Central.
Some of my friends argued the opposite. If the Tigers win, and the Indians win, the lead would at least stay the same, all while the Yankees lost and slipped further out of the playoff picture.
After yesterday’s games, I’m starting to see things from my friends’ point of view. A 16-0 beatdown by Detroit over New York was exactly what this MLB playoff race needed. How can the Yankees not feel dejected. It was their worse road shutout loss of all time. That has to sting.
Now NY has to host Boston feeling like a ninth-grade girl who thought her senior boyfriend really loved her only to find out he was using her. I don’t see them recovering to do anything positive against Boston. The Red Sox will leave with an 11 game lead and NY will spend the next two months cry alone in their room.
It seems like a week ago the Yankees were only 3.5 games behind Boston and everyone was saying they would make the playoffs. Now they are 8 back of the Sox and 2 behind Seattle for the Wild Card.
As much as I don’t like seeing the Tigers win, I enjoy watching the Yankees lose, especially like that, that much more.
I think the Tribe can hold off the Tigers, especially now that it looks like their offense is finally catching up with their pitching (Grady Sizemore’s double on Sunday was the turning point). Let’s just hope the Yankees keep sending Mike Mussina and Kei Igawa out there every five days. At least then we know they’ll lose those games.