Despite six homers, yes, and without a sharp CC and Pettitte, forget it.
Joel Sherman wrote: yes, CC lost Game 1 of the World Series to Cliff Lee. Then AJ was the stopper in game two. Bets on that happening again?
Now it doesn't matter, division or Wild Card--one could take the Twins, with no baseball-colored ceiling and no Cy Young-type starter. Win the division and, hello, CC vs. Lee.
Get by Minnesota, get by the Rangers, Tampa will be waiting.
The Series? The Phillies are coming, hard. I feel it. CC vs. Halladay? Pettitte vs. Oswalt? With Games 1 and 2 at Phillie, in front of 42,000 screaming freaks?
From the time the Yanks went up 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS to the time they acquired CC, AJ, Tex and Swisher, the Yankees' playoff record was 3-12. If they don't figure it out, this year will be the start of a long, bad road. If they bomb in the playoffs, Girardi is off to Wrigley, Mattingly is locked in at Chavez Ravine, and . . . what? Back up the Brink's Truck to coax Sweet Lou out of retirement? Offer sweet millions to Detroit for Jim Leyland?