Handicapping the AL wild-card race
The Yankees vacuumed any drama out of the AL East race with their four-game sweep of Boston last weekend, a testament to how well they constructed a relentless lineup full of switch hitters and left-handed hitters, not to mention the kind of power pitching they have lacked in recent years. They are a nightmare matchup for opposing managers. The last breath of the Red Sox ended when manager
I said it back in April when the stadium opened and I'll say it again: You need left-handed hitters and left-handed pitchers to survive the shorter porch of the new Yankee Stadium. I don't know how you give
Maybe it was moot, anyway. The Yankees surely do look like the better team, mostly because their old guys (mid-30s) are vastly outplaying Boston's old guys.
With that established, let's consider the drama that is left in the four-team wild-card race in the AL. Here is your handicap sheet as the race nears the final quarter pole, with the teams listed from most favored to least:
Also, the Red Sox still lack a competent big-league shortstop. And in big games against the Yankees, they were so strapped they had
"The biggest thing with our club is that the defense has been good and the bullpen has been good and deep," general manager