Saturday, September 26, 2009
NEW YORK—CC Sabathia lived up to his ace billing in becoming the Major Leagues’ first 19-game winner and Robinson Cano homered as the Yankees edged the Red Sox, 3-0, on Saturday.
C.C. Sabathia’s first six starts
39 IP, 39 H, 2 HR, 15 BB, 24 K, 4.85 ERA, 4.10 FIP
C.C. Sabathia’s last 27 starts
181.2 IP, 150 H, 16 HR, 47 BB, 170 K, 2.97 ERA, 3.32 FIP
The Yankees reduced their AL East magic number down to one. That usually means they’ve clinched a tie, but that’s not the case this year. If the Yankees end up tied with Boston, that would mean that Boston won tomorrow and they’d have the series edge at 10-8. Since both teams would be in the playoffs, they’d give the AL East champ seed to Boston.
The odds are against the Yankees losing all of the rest of their games AND Boston winning all of theirs, but the Yankees can clinch the division title tomorrow behind Andy Pettitte facing Paul Byrd.
If the Angels lose today or tomorrow as well, If they do that, the Yanks will have home field advantage locked up too. Then it’s House Money™ time.
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