Last night the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 14-2 and completed a three-game sweep to top the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.Â It’s their 13th AL East title in 17 seasons.Â Last night’s win, coupled with the Oakland A’s also sweeping the floundering Texas Rangers, gives the Yankees the best record in the American League.
It was a thrilling end to an interesting pennant race for the Bronx Bombers and their fans. After letting a 10-game lead slip, MLB fans watched the surging Baltimore Orioles clip at the heels of the Yankees.Â Despite coming shockingly close to overtaking the Bombers, the Yankees never completely lost control thanks to resurgent bats, and the return of Andy Pettitte down the stretch.Â Â Not even the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees struggling archrivals who have been an utter failure and disappointment all season long, mustered up the effort or care or want to play spoiler and keep things interesting.Â Perhaps the Dead Sox charged this sweep to the game in the name of guaranteeing Bobby Valentine would get the axe?Â The writing’s on the wall.
Meanwhile, the hobbling AL East Champs can take advantage of some much needed rest.Â With MLB’s new Wild Card format, the Yankees won’t know their opponent until Friday.Â The Yankees will either face the Baltimore Orioles or Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS on Sunday.
In related news, the Yankees Captain and shortstop, Derek Jeter, finished the season with the most hits in MLB with 216.Â Not bad for an old washed-up 38-year-old, uh?Â *sarcasm*Â That brings his career hit total to 3,304. Ty Cobb is the only player in MLB history to reach this milestone at a younger age than Jeter.Â WAR? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.Â Congrats to Captain Clutch.
And, the biggest MLB headline to emerge last night was the Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera winning the first Triple Crown since 1967.
Cabrera became just the 15th player to win baseball’s Triple Crown, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera topped the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in the major leagues since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Curtis Granderson and Josh Hamilton each finished the season with 43 home runs, one shy of tying Cabera’s home run total.Â Congrats to Cabrera who will face the Oakland A’s in the first round of the playoffs.
Here’s what the complete playoff picture looks like:
(winners advance to LDS round)
NL â€” St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves, 5 p.m. ET
AL â€” Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers, 8:30 p.m. ET
ALDS Game 1 â€” Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers, 6 p.m. ET
NLDS Game 1 â€” Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants, 9:30 p.m. ET
ALDS Game 1 â€” New York Yankees at Baltimore or Texas
NLDS Game 1 â€” Washington Nationals at Atlanta or St. Louis
ALDS Game 2 â€” Oakland at Detroit
NLDS Game 2 â€” Cincinnati at San Francisco, TBD
ALDS Game 2 â€” New York at Baltimore/Texas
NLDS Game 2 â€” Washington at Atlanta/St. Louis
ALDS Game 3 â€” Detroit at Oakland
NLDS Game 3 â€” San Francisco at Cincinnati
ALDS Game 3 â€” Baltimore/Texas at NY
ALDS Game 4* â€” Detroit at Oakland
NLDS Game 3 â€” Â Atlanta/St. Louis at Washington
NLDS Game 4* â€” San Francisco at Cincinnati
ALDS Game 4* â€” Baltimore/Texas at New York
ALDS Game 5* â€” Detroit at Oakland
NLDS Game 4* â€” Atlanta/St. Louis at Washington
NLDS Game 5* Â â€” San Francisco at Cincinnati
ALDS Game 5* â€” Baltimore/Texas at New York
NLDS Game 5* â€” Atlanta/St. Louis at Washington
*if necessary, all series are best of five