The Yankees Media Machine
Image courtesy of Wendell Cruz, USA TodayWondering how the Yankees roster and lineup will look Tuesday night? Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn’t saying, but Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News predicts it will be similar to what faced Ervin Santana two weeks ago. That means that Aaron Hicks will not be starting in center field. He also lays out the way Girardi would like to use his bullpen.
Mazzeo writes that while Aaron Judge’s remarkable season is nice, Yankees players are judged (and revered) by their fans by their performance in October. The New York Times’ Billy Witz agrees, noting the difference between Mr. October and Mr. May.
The New York Daily News’ John Harper sees a Yankees team that could make a surprise run this October - IF they can win a dicey one-game Wild Card versus the Twins. Meanwhile, if you want to throw up in your mouth, you can read the Daily News’ Frank Kilinski’s review of the Twins-Yankees postseason battles.
Enough about the Yankees. The New York Posts’ Kevin Kernan wants to talk about Byron Buxton and how he could be a Yankees nightmare. Nice try at a reverse jinx, Kevin. You’re not fooling us. Meanwhile, the Post’s Ken Davidoff thinks it is a Yankees player, specifically Gary Sanchez, who will find himself in the spotlight.
The video-heavy Newsday reports that Girardi expects a win, based on how his team has done in September. Newsday’s Erik Boland finds that a lot of that confidence is rooted in Luis Severino, the Yankees starting pitcher. That confidence may be reflected in how much Yankees fans are paying for tickets for Tuesday night’s game. Newsday’s Neil Best reports the prices are far higherthan for the last Wild Card game the Yankees found themselves in.
In short, New York sees it the same way as the rest of the country, including Minnesota. The Yankees are favored, but it’s one game and anything can happen in one game. Whichever team loses will need to take solace in a bright future, albeit a future that will be a little more distant than the coming month.
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