The New York Yankees take on the Oakland A’s in the Wild Card game on Wednesday night. Yankees fans hope they win, but what if they don’t?
The New York Yankees won 100 games this season, and still didn’t win the division. That’s mostly because the Boston Red Sox were just that good. Those 100 wins would have won every other division in baseball outside the AL East and AL West.
Nonetheless the Yankees still made the playoffs, they’ll just have to beat the Oakland A’s in the Wild Card game on Wednesday night. Fortunately for the Bronx Bombers the game is at home where they posted a 53-28 record this season.
The Yankees won their Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins last season, but this A’s team is better than that Twins team. So with that being said what happens if the Yankees were to lose on Wednesday.
Well externally the entire city of New York might riot, and Aaron Boone might have to wear a disguise to make it out safely. Who would have thought a rookie manager who’s team had about as many hurdles as you could have would still be heavily criticized after winning 100 games.
Internally it would be a disappointment for this team, but it’s not the end of the world. This team is young and extremely talented. Their rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres both have very bright futures, and it’s not like Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are going anywhere anytime soon.
The playoffs is going to be a reoccurring theme for the Yankees so you don’t have to be worried about them not making it (I say that but then I also watched the Washington Nationals this season).
The teams only question would be their pitching staff for 2019. Do they trade Sonny Gray, which I doubt they will. Do they re-sign J.A. Happ? When does Jordan Montgomery get back? Do they stick Justus Sheffield and Chance Adams in the bullpen since their 40-man roster spots are secured?
These are all questions they’ll have to answer this winter, but it’s not the end of the world if they lose on Wednesday. Of course the entire city of New York expects them to win the World Series this season. If they don’t make it past Wednesday it would but as cliché as it sounds there is always next year for the Yankees.