2012 New York Yankees Playoff Schedule Finalized
The 2012 New York Yankees playoff schedule has been finalized after the team won its final game of the season Wednesday (October 3). The Yankees absolutely crushed the Boston Red Sox in their last game, clinching not just the American League East title but also the No. 1 seed in the 2012 AL Playoffs.
By finishing with the best record in the AL (95-67), the Yankees will play the winner of the wild card game in the second round of the postseason. That wild card game is between the Texas Rangersand Baltimore Orioles on Friday (October 5), with the winner getting to host the first two games of the ALDS.
Major League Baseball set it up so that the wild card winner gets to host Game 1 and Game 2 of the ALDS and NLDS. Those two games will take place on Sunday (October 7) and Monday (October 8). The teams will then travel back to New York for Games 3-5 that are set to take place on October 10-12. It's a tough position for the Yankees to be put in, but winning one of the first two games could give them a huge advantage.
Now the Yankees get to rest for a few days as the two wild card teams battle it out to stay alive in the postseason. The biggest benefit is that the Orioles and Rangers will both have to use one of their best starting pitchers in that game, making them unavailable for Game 1 against the Yankees in the ALDS.
Do you think that the 2012 New York Yankees playoff schedule gives the team a big advantage? Is there another team that could stop the Yankees from getting to another World Series?