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Is it too early to talk about the wild card?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Based on the e-mails coming in and comments on the blog, Yankeeland is quite depressed over the state of the pinstripes.

Cheer up and consider this: Who is going to win the AL Wildcard?

Tampa Bay leads the WC standings at the moment followed by Baltimore, Oakland, Toronto, Cleveland, Texas, Kansas City, Minnesota and the $205 million train wreck.

Let’s say that Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles win the divisions. You’re telling me the Yankees can’t outlast Detroit, Oakland, Chicago and everybody else for the wild card? I don’t buy that. Not yet.

It took 89 wins to get the wild card last season. The Yankees finished with 94. Based on the better balance in the league so far, the wild card winner may need only 85 or 86 wins this season, 90 tops.

The Yankees are 20-24. Can they go 70-48 starting tomorrow?

It comes down to two things: Whether Jorge Posada is Jorge Posada when he comes back in June and what transpires with Joba Chamberlain.

A-Rod will do his thing. But the Yankees need Posada to bring even better lefty-righty balance to the lineup. And Joba could be the No. 4 starter sometime in July. The Yankees could look a lot different in the second half of the season than they do right now.




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