As a devout Yankee fan, it was a blessing from up above what happened this past series with the Red Sox.
A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez all proved why they were given big money to be a Yankee. Burnett and Sabathia pitched gems, not good games, gems. A-Rod was clutch beyond belief, even though he's been frustrating this year, he was by far the man the Yanks wanted at the plate. Teixera was not a boy out on the field, he was a man. He did anything and everything the Yanks needed.
For that reason, I fully believe that the Yankees have officially established themselves the team to beat in baseball come October.
Look at the intangibles of this team, each facet is covered. Pitching is stellar right now. Burnett and Sabathia are second to none when they're on. Joba can be untouchable when he wants too. Andy Pettite still has it even though he's into his 40's. The pitching has the fire to carry this team deep into October.
The power comes from Big Tex, A-Rod, and even guys like Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, and Johnny Damon.
Brett Gardner, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Melky Cabrera provide the speed that the team needs in crucial situations. Where is the fault?
My favorite thing about this team is the chemistry they show. For example, when Cabrera hit the cycle against the White Sox, every single Yankee was on the top step congratulating him. They showed unity. When, Damon and Teixeria hit clutch back to back homeruns off Daniel Bard (stud by the way) that whole team showed pure excitement and unity in the dugout. Not a lot of team show that.
The Red Sox look like a broken car. A team is a car that has each player play a different part. If one part messes up, the car wont do so well. But if the entire car's parts are messing up, the car will fall apart. And that's where Boston is now.
Take a look around at other contenders in baseball. The Tigers aren't consistent enough, the Rangers don't have enough experience, the Angels don't have the pitching. The Phillies are very shaky right now, the Cardinals rely on Albert Pujols too much, and the Dodgers are struggling to get the big win and to find solid pitching (Kershaw and Billingsley will not be able to carry them through October).
Call me biased all you want, but the Yankees have it set for them. They're job now is too simply win and be consistent. It is currently August 10th, less than two months left in the season. The Yanks have a 6 1/2 game lead. Can anybody stop them? It'll be tough, it'll be uneasy, it'll be a challenge.
This reminds me of the 98' Yankees. Reason why? In 98', if the Yankees got down by a run late in the game, you had the confidence they would make it up and when the game. You just knew they would. And that's how the August 9th game against Boston felt. For the first time in 9 years, it felt like they were still going to win, even though Victor Martinez gave them the lead.
This team is real. And they have the most realistic shot at a ring.