Some positives I took away from this game was Stutes had 2 straight 123 innings. Utley also hit a few balls hard for hits. Teams have stumbled into the playoffs and won the WS, the 2000 Yankees, The 2002 Angels, and the 2006 Cardinals, all were terrible the last few weeks of the season. But this team really needs to start hitting.
Even though they have choked, the Sox play the O's in their final series while the Rays have the Yankees. That said, would the Yankees "deliberately" lose to knock the Sox out of the playoffs?
The might do that, or just not play ANYONE for at least the last two games to "rest up." Girardi has already gone on record saying he doesn't care about potential rust, he wants to rest everyone as much as possible. That's something Charlie won't be doing it would seem because that's how he feels about series that "mean something" to the other team.