The Yankees did not make it easy. Oh sure, they looked like they might wrap up a Wild Card spot in due time after taking five of six on the road from the division rival Red Sox and Blue Jays. Then, they ran into the Tampa Bay buzzsaw and narrowly avoided a tiebreaker by winning, 1-0, on the season’s final day — thanks in no small part to the pitching staff and Aaron Judge’s timely infield single. Now, they’ll head right back to Boston for one more game at Fenway Park.
With Kunj away, Matt Provenzano filled in again and joined me to both look back on the hectic final week and preview the Wild Card showdown. Gerrit Cole will stare down the Red Sox as the Yankees’ offense does its best to mimic its most recent performance against Nathan Eovaldi (and not the previous domination). Will Cole’s hamstring cause problems again? Will the offense show up after a tough final series while also being down DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit?
If there’s anything that the 2021 Yankees have proved to be true, it’s that anything can happen. All we can do is roll the dice and hope that the season’s still alive on Thursday at Tropicana Field. (Oh, and we can also do the Yankee & Mitre of the Week. As always.)
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