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Wild Card Game: It’s all over

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The Yankees’ season is over. Boston topped the Yankees 6-1 in the Wild Card Game at Fenway Park, postponing the Bombers’ World Series hopes to 2022. It wasn’t much of a contest tonight, either. The Red Sox jumped Gerrit Cole early and the Yankees’ offense had no answers. Boston will now head to Tampa to play the Rays in the ALDS.

There’s plenty of blame to spread on 2021 Yankees, but tonight’s loss epitomized so much of what went wrong for this year’s club. The offense sputtered. The manager made questionable decisions. Fundamentals were lacking. So it goes.

We’re going to transition to our offseason coverage in the coming weeks, but there’s still some time to reflect upon the 2021 club. The playoffs have just begun, so the front office won’t be making roster moves anytime soon. With that, let’s get to the takeaways from tonight’s game:

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Game 162: Finally

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Nothing can ever come easy to the 2021 Yankees, huh? They needed all of 162 games — and literally all of the 162nd game — to clinch a Wild Card spot. Today’s 1-0 win over the Rays was pretty emblematic of what we’ve seen from this team all season long: great pitching, lackluster offense, but just enough to pull things out in the end.

Game 161: A shameful performance

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The Yankees didn’t show up today. Not the starting pitcher, not the manager, and not the offense. As a result, the Rays stomped the Yankees, 12-2. Let’s not waste any more time and get right to the takeaways:

Game 160: Boone’s bullpen woes delay playoff celebration

With a wild card berth in sight, Aaron Boone and the Yankees’ offense once again made it hard on themselves by managing their way into a 4-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. A ninth inning rally fell short, and their magic number remains at two with two games remaining. To the takeaways:

Game 159: Yanks Slug Their Way Into Near Playoff Certainty

Two out of three isn’t as nice as a sweep, but I’ll sure as hell take it. That was a very good series from the Yankees, who have now won 5 of the first 6 games in a grueling and critical 9 game stretch. Hard to expect much more than that. It’s all but assured the Yankees of a playoff spot, too. The Yankees are now 91-68 on the season, which puts them 2 games ahead of Seattle and Boston, who are tied for the second spot. The Jays sit a game outside the dance.

What a great, great few days it’s been. One more win for New York and a loss from either Seattle/Boston and they’re in the dance – and, honestly, I didn’t expect this to happen as recently as a few weeks ago. I gotta give the Yanks credit here. They stood up when they needed to.

Anyway, we’ll have much more on that tomorrow. Until then, let’s get to some takeaways, shall we?

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