NEW YORK -- While manager Joe Girardi acknowledged it is always a goal to earn the No. 1 seed in the American League entering the playoffs, he said it is no more important this year with the new playoff format, which he believes places added importance on winning the division, not the top seed.
The No. 1 seed will play the winner of a one-game wildcard playoff game, which would potentially hinder the winner's ability to set up its rotation for the Division Series, but Girardi said that is impossible to predict. Also, the top seeds in the Division Series will play their first two games on the road, before returning home for the final three.
"To me, that's kind of strange," Girardi said, "but you have to deal with it."