That must have been a conflicted moment for Yankee fans. Your team lost a really tough game, but on the other hand, it put the Red Sox into an early off-season* filled with misery and most likely some knee-jerk, ill-advised moves.
*You may remember that the vast majority of baseball writers picked, with a great degree of confidence, a Phillies-Red Sox World Series. Oops! Not that my prediction was all that much better. Rockies (with an admission that it could very easily be the Giants) against the Rangers.
Now that the pairings are set, I feel it's time for another set of bad predictions. I'll take the Phillies over the Cardinals, but in five games. I think that will be a lot tougher than many think. Especially the way the Cards have been playing. I wouldn't be shocked if St. Louis pulls off the upset. I'll also take Milwaukee over the upstart D-Backs. This feels like a tough series, too, but I'll say it goes four. But four tough ones. In the AL, I really want to pick Detroit. I really do. I'm just not sure they have enough pitching outside of Verlander, who will likely get paired up with Sabathia, who's no slouch himself. I have to take the Yankees, we'll say in five. Texas I think will beat Tampa Bay fairly easily. I'll say it goes four, but a much easier four than Milwaukee will have.
That leaves us with Phillies-Brewers and Yankees-Rangers. I can't say how much I love those series. I'm going to say the Brewers surprise the Phillies, taking that series in five. Don't ask for the logic behind it, you won't really find it. But I say the Brewers get it done in surprising fashion. In the AL, I think the Rangers take it in six, also in easier fashion than many would think. Which leaves us with a Brewers-Rangers World Series, which I'm sure is not the match-up FOX is hoping for, but boy I would love it. I'll stick with the Rangers, my preseason pick, and I'll say it goes a very tough seven games and the nation finally gets a real good look at just how good Zack Greinke is.