They'll face the rival Boston Red Sox in the postseason for the first time since the 2004 AL Championship Series. As you might imagine, the Sox were very much on the mind of the Yankee Stadium crowd as victory over Oakland looked increasingly likely.
You count on Blake Treinen, who literally put together a season unlike anything a closer has ever done by posting a 0.78 ERA over 80 1/3 innings, the lowest in major league history among pitchers with a minimum of 75 innings pitched. Rookie manager Aaron Boone said he made the decision after a staff meeting Saturday, slept on it and finalized it the next day.
Happ threw five shutout innings last Friday at Fenway Park before giving up a grand slam in the sixth inning.
What is clear is Hendriks will be only the fourth pitcher to commence a postseason game after a regular season of no wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Last year's Wild Card game was, well, wild.
The A's did not officially name their starter after Sunday's loss to the Angels, but there are strong indications Hendriks will be the one called upon to open things as part of a bullpenning strategy at Yankee Stadium, which might not be as insane as you think.
Boston had a historic season, blowing past NY in the AL East race thanks to a franchise-record 108 wins.
Yes, one year's time has been very kind to Dellin Betances - and the Yankees.
Boston player-manager Joe Cronin and NY outfielder Jake Powell fought on the field and beneath the Yankee Stadium stands in 1938, and Jimmy Piersall of the Red Sox and Billy Martin of the Yankees brawled beneath Fenway Park's stands in 1952.
The move was emblematic of what October baseball has become about: relievers, relievers and more relievers.
But for those people who said he would not fare well because he threw 0.3 of an inning in last year's wildcard contest, they were just overthinking things.
Now the real postseason can begin. This will be the first postseason game of his nine-year big league career. Not only should Wendelken be relied on to pitch in this game, he might be asked to go more than one inning, as he has shown the ability to do so during the past month.
Betances (the winner) pitched a ideal sixth and David Robertson a 1-2-3 seventh.
He lost 8-2 at Oakland on September 5, allowing six runs - five earned - and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
"Such a insane game", Story said.