The New York Yankees had a great season this year by clinching a playoff berth on the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. They also clinched the AL East division title in the second game at New Yankee stadium.
With less than five away from the postseason, all the Yankees need is to finish the season strong. When teams win their division, it’s assumed they are done, but they’re not. So, the Yankees have to face two teams left: the Boston Red Sox in a three game season series finale and the Tampa Bay Rays in the final week of the 2011 MLB baseball season. The Yankees probable opponent’s in the ALDS are the Texas Rangers who beat the Yankees in last year’s ALCS to clinch their first ever AL Pennant and their first ever World Series appearance but lost to the San Francisco Giants in five games.
Detroit Tigers are the other potential matchup for the Yanks that cause problems for the Yankees hitting. With Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer’s 1-2 punch and Jose Valverde, the closer for the Tigers, they can just destroy that lineup when they pitch well.
The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays (aka Yankees rivals) are the final two possible teams for the Yankees in this year ALDS. None of the two teams will be an easy way out. The Yankees are combined 15-18 record against the Rays and Red Sox this season, but still won the best record in the American League to clinch the home-field advantage for the whole postseason on the American League side.
The Yankees have a great chance to win the World Series this year with their pitching, hitting, and their solid bullpen that was really good this year without their new setup man for the 7 inning stretch, Rafel Soriano, who was acquired from the Rays to the Yankees in the offseason to help out the bullpen last year and prevented them from making the World Series that year.