Which Teams Should the Yankees Be Rooting For?

It is obvious that the first goal for the Yankees is to lock up the AL East. The Yankees need to avoid that one game playoff at all costs because  anything can happen in that game. Also, even if they were to win that game their rotation would be messed up going into the ALDS. It is pretty safe to assume that the Yankees will at least be playing in the wild card game, as it would take an epic collapse with an easy schedule for them to miss the playoffs completely. So, there are a lot of races in the other divisions that have a big impact on the Yankees having a successful playoff run.

In my opinion, there are two teams that the Yankees really do not want to see get into the playoffs. They’re the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Those two teams have given the Yankees issues in the past and are both loaded with talent. They have both underachieved this year, but are both much more scary than the White Sox, Orioles or A’s. The A’s, Orioles and White Sox are nice stories this year, but they really do not have the Yankees shaking in a potential playoff series.

Right now, Chicago is one game ahead of Detroit and the Orioles and A’s are two games ahead of the Angels. The Rays are only three games out, but it is a long shot now that they get in. Those races are huge for the Yankees as well as their own race. Their chances of making the World Series in a bracket that includes the Rangers, White Sox, and the A’s or Orioles are much higher than if the Tigers or Angels get in the playoffs. Detroit has three players in Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder that can carry a team in a short series. They also finally have a legit #2 starter in Max Scherzer to go along with Verlander. Their defense is their issue, but the Yankees don’t really have the speed to make that a big deal. The Angels still have great starting pitchers in Jered Weaver, Zach Greinke, CJ Wilson, and Dan Haren to go along with hitters like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo. That is a lot of firepower. The A’s, Orioles and White Sox just don’t have that kind of talent and experience.

What do you guys think? Where do the Yankees stack up with the rest of the AL teams and which teams would you prefer to see in the playoffs?

About Matthew B

I am a student at William Paterson University and studying to become a sportswriter. I have a huge passion for the Yankees and love sharing my opinions on them. I can analyze every aspect of the Yankees very well. I am very active on Twitter so feel free to contact me there Twitter: @RAYROBERT9

Posted on September 25, 2012, in Personal Opinion. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. lol, at first glance, i thought that was a greatful dead album cover

  2. basically, i would prefer playing the a’s or baltimore in the alds,….. and having texas eliminate the whitesox/tigers

    yesterday i asked the question, but i am still not sure of the answer

    if the yankees finish with the best record in the AL,…. do they automaticaly get the winner one the wildcard game, regardless if wether or nor the wild card team has the better record than the winner of the central

    people were saying yes,….. the best record in the AL gets the winner of the wildcard game in the alds, despite whatever their record is, or what division they came fvrom

    I AM LOOKING FOR CONFIRMATION OF THIS

    because if it is true,…. i root for the yankees to get the best record, and play the winner of oakland/baltimore

    and have texas knock out the tigers or whitesox,.. or visaversa

    and worry about the alcs when it comes around

    i dont want to have to go through both whitesox/tigers,.. and than the rangers too

  3. the yankees, may have old players,. but they are VERY GOOD PLAYERS,…. people used to count jerry garcia out all the time,.. but he always came back,, running a bilion dollar industry,..lol

    sometimes you just count count at all time greats, from any walk of life,….

  4. LOL,,, this is my 32nd post today,…..why do i write so much,.. maybe i am an avid fan,… that has a lot of time on his hands

    like i said, i rather play the a’s or baltimore in the alds,… but i still have no confiurmation this came happen

  5. I’d like them to match up against the A’s.

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