The New York Yankees have a lot to be excited about going into the post season. First off, they won the American League East Division, solidifying a spot in the ALDS. The new post season format this year for Major League Baseball is a two team wild card. These two teams, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, will play a one game playoff to determine who will play in the ALDS. Since the Yankees won their division, they don’t have to play in that wild Wild Card game.
This lets the Yankees go into the ALDS with their pitching staff set the way Girardi wants it, with CC Sabathia taking the ball in game one well rested.
The Yankees are also going into the post season full steam ahead and not backwards like some Yankee teams have in the past. They are ending the 2012 season on a four game winning streak and have won five out of their last seven games. Since 1998, the New York Yankees have previously ended a season with a winning streak of four or more games during divisional winning season only twice. The Yankees went on a seven game winning streak to end the ’98 season, where they went on to win their first of three consecutive World Series Championships. In 2002, we saw the Yankees end the season on a five game winning streak only to be stopped in the ALDS against the Anaheim Angles.
This year, they ended the season on a four game winning streak and no Angles in sight. Winning the division on the last day of the season with a win means they have been playing playoff baseball heading into the 2012 post season and are not going in backwards.
Having the hottest hitter in the game is also a plus heading into the 2012 post season. Robinson Cano is on a tear, having hit two 2-run home runs in the last game of the season with six RBI giving him 33 Home Runs (career high) and 94 RBI total for the season. Robinson finishes his 8th major league season on a 9 game multi hit hitting streak. During this stretch, he is hitting .615 (24 for 39) with 7 doubles, 3 HRs, 14 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Watch out everybody, it is going to be one exciting ride this October.