Powered by a fine night out in Tampa, onto the day after the celebration …
Chien-Ming Wang became the first Yankee to have back-to-back 19-win seasons since Tommy John in 1979-80. Since World War II, only Wang, John, Vic Raschi (1948-51) and Mel Stottlemyre (68-69) have accomplished that.
Doug Mientkiewicz is 14 of his last 28 with 6 runs, 5 walks, 5 extras and 8 RBI. Meet your starting first baseman for Game 1.
The Yankees have six players with 71 or more RBI (A-Rod, Matsui, Abreu, Cano, Posada, Jeter) and seven with 90 or more runs (A-Rod, Abreu, Jeter, Matsui, Posada, Damon, Cano). What a relentless lineup.
No word yet on the postseason roster and don’t expect one until the deadline. There is no upside to revealing it early.
Back later with what is sure to be an interesting lineup.