Well, the American League East pennant race is apparently over, with one game to spare. The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-4 on the Sox home turf.
Randy Johnson pitched 7 1/3 innings for the win, giving up a home run to Manny Ramirez. On the offensive side, Matsui and A-Rod each had solo shots.
My main purpose of putting this up is a question, How did the Yankee's clinch? I honestly do not understand, is there some sort of new math, or baseball math I don't know about?
Let's take a look at the case. Going into Friday night's game, the Yankees led the AL East by 1 game over the Red Sox. After the Red Sox win, 5-3, the two teams were tied atop the division with 2 games left. With the Yankees win today the Bombers went up by one.
The records look like this: Yankees 95-66, Red Sox 94-67. There is one game left, meaning if the Red Sox win, their records will be identical. With an identical record still possible, how can it be that the Yankees have clinched? I would understand if they said clinched a tie, or clinched a playoff berth, but all the reports are saying they clinched the division.
I don't understand it. Does this mean that if the Sox win tomorrow and the records are even, they still come in second? Wouldn't there have to be a one game playoff to determine the winner?
I'm not a fan of either team, so I don't really have a vested interest either way, but it just does not make sense to me. The math just doesn't add up.