Alex Rodriguez is crushing the ball, CC Sabathia is everything anyone could have hoped for and the Yankees are one win away from their first World Series in six years.
“We’re not comfortable,” Nick Swisher said. “We’ve got some work to do. We’re not quite where we want to be, but we feel like if we keep going out there and playing good baseball like this, we’ve got a chance.”
That’s what the playoffs are about. Much is always made about the fact that the best team doesn’t always win in the postseason, but so far the Yankees are playing like a team that is going to give itself a chance.
They made a few base-running mistakes tonight — though they weren’t always punished for them — but this has generally been a fairly clean postseason in terms of Yankees fundamentals. They have a clean-up hitter and a lead-off hitter who have been good enough to carry a lineup that has otherwise gotten big hits from different hitters night-to-night. They have a rotation that’s been consistent behind a no-doubt-about-it ace, and they have a bullpen that’s become a reliable bridge to the game’s top closer.
Let’s give the last word of the night to Rodriguez, who was asked if his postseason will finally eliminate the questions about his ability to perform on this stage.
“Well, I’m not sure about that,” he said. “I will say that in other postseasons I failed and sometimes failed miserably. It certainly feels good to come through for my team and help the team win.”