For the fourth consecutive year, the Yankees will play October baseball. The Bombers clinched their postseason berth as the Padres defeated the Mariners on Sunday night. The team will participate in a three-game Wild Card Series, the winner of which will advance to the American League postseason bubble in California.
With their ticket to the dance punched, the Yankees can take time to rest their regular position players and line up their starting rotation. That’s not to say they don’t have anything to play for, of course, as the race for home-field advantage should land high on the priority list. If the club secures a number four seed or better, they get to play the Wild Card Series at Yankee Stadium.
“We certainly want to play at home where we feel like we have a home field advantage. Obviously it is a little bit different, because of the (lack of a) crowd but I think in a lot of ways teams are built for their home ballparks in a lot of ways,” Aaron Boone told Kristie Ackert. “And hopefully you know if we have a good final few games here we can put ourselves in a position to be home for that series.”
As things stand, the Yankees would likely face the Minnesota Twins at home in the Wild Card Series. Some things never change.
It’s been a strange year, one where the Yankees have looked like the best team in baseball, and one where they’ve looked like a Triple-A club. They’re in the playoffs, though, and from there, anything can happen—especially in the 2020 format.
So, congratulations to the Yankees and fans! Enjoy this victory, the first in hopefully many in October.