Two things that bode well and Jeter
There were 2 things that occurred last night that didn't necessarily affect the outcome but made me more sanguine about the post season.
Hafner hit a one-iron that had it been any lower would have gone through the wall. I don't think that it is any surprise to readers here that we need at least an 80% version of his Pronkness.
The bullpen, especially Rafael left and JLewis, got their feet wet in non-pressure situations. These guys are huge and I'm happy that they may have gotten some jitters out in this fashion.
Regarding Jeter, I lived in NYC and had endless debates that went like this:
Me: "I love Derek Jeter and would kill to have him be my shortstop but he is not a plus defender because he can't go to his left"
Them: "Yeah but how many rings does he have!"
Last night there were three singles through the middle of which a "gold glover" gets to at least one if not two. Jeter has no first step to his left and his cross-over footwork can be best described as an awkward skipping. Go look at the highlights - this is especially clear on one of Lofton's singles.