Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Quick Hit: Officially Rooting for Texas?

I have not officially given up on the American league East Division, and I won’t until the New York Yankees are mathematically eliminated from the division race, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a Plan B lined up just in case the Yankees have to settle for a Wild Card. Right now if the season ended today it would be the Houston Astros winning the American League West, the Toronto Blue Jays winning the AL East, the Kansas City Royals winning the AL Central and the Yankees playing host to the Texas Rangers inside Yankee Stadium in a one-game playoff in the Wild Card Round.

Looking at what the Yankees have done against the Astros this season, a 3-4 record, and what they have done against the Rangers this season, a 2-5 record, who could blame me for rooting for the Rangers right now and not the Astros? Not only have the Rangers beat the Yankees more according to record they have according to the results as well. Final score of 15-4 and 10-9 in favor of the Rangers show a bit of superiority that the Astros have not shown against New York this season.

It’s a Catch 22 scenario for the Yankees. If Texas wins they could potentially gain ground in the first AL Wild Card race but if they gain enough ground they could catch and pass Houston in the division race and could avoid New York altogether in the first round of the playoffs. I’d take my chances with a team that has owned New York in a five-game series over a one-game series where anything could happen any day of the week and twice on Sunday, but that’s just me. 

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