Tuesday, September 29, 2009
You've clinched the division, you have a 101 wins, and 5 games left to play with non-contending teams. If you're a player, how do you approach these 5 seemingly meaningless games? On the one hand, you can't just quit on the season. Players need to keep themselves sharp for the postseason after all. As was pointed out by one of our readers, certain players could reach some meaningful personal acheivements. For example, Sabathia could reach his first 20 win season, Damon is one homerun shy of breaking his single season best, and Matsui is 2 homeruns shy of 30, the first time he'd reach 30 since the 2004 season. Several releivers will be using this week as an audition for the playoff roster. But for everyone else, you gotta wonder how they approach the game. I just hope they play hard enough to keep themselves sharp, but not so hard that they risk injury. Here's to a week of meaningless baseball.