No big surprise that Joe Girardi was light on details today. He announced CC Sabathia as the Game 1 starter, but that was about it. The postseason roster and first-round rotation will have to wait until tomorrow.
Speaking of which, the Yankees are a few hours away from finding out who they play in the division series. I said during yeseterday’s chat that I think they’re better off facing the Rangers — even after 162 games, I guess I still don’t believe in the Orioles — but the Yankees have naturally stayed neutral.
“There certainly isn’t any rooting interest,” Brian Cashman said yesterday. “I’m not smart enough to know who to root for anyway.”
The Yankees have done all they can do, now they wait and watch.
“It is strange,” Girardi said after Wednesday’s win. “I was talking about it a little bit on the bench; it’s just an odd year. We added the extra wild card team and not everything was really ready to go I think with the TV schedule. To have the best record and not know where you’re going is really strange — and not being at home.”
Not starting at home seems to be a bigger issue with the fans than with the Yankees. It’s a very no-nonsense bunch in that clubhouse, and even starting on the road, the reality remains the same. Win and advance. Three games at home means a home field advantage.
“I’m not going to complain about anything,” CC Sabathia said. “Not having to go to Baltimore (for a tiebreaker), Oakland (for the wild card), any of those games. It feels good to win the division, and that’s the reward to get a couple of days off.”
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