“Do the Yankees have a rally in their bones?” You often hear that echoed from Michael Kay’s voice if the Yankees trail going into the 9th inning of a game.

The Yankees sit seven games out of the Tampa Bay Rays with 29 games to go; that means the Yankees would have to pick up at least one game on the Rays for every four that each team plays in total.

While it is not impossible, it is a very tough spot for a team that has shown to be inconsistent as the year has gone on.


Another problem is that the Rays don’t lose. They are 8-2 in their last 10 and just finished splitting four from the Red Sox in Boston.

13 of the Yankees’ next 20 games are against teams with records under .500. Their record against those teams this season is 45-37. This will be 20 games in 20 days stretch for the Bombers. 15-5 in this 20 game stretch is what the Yankees will need to have a chance at the AL East title.

Six games with the Orioles and four more between the Twins and Rangers in that stretch; that alone should be an 8-2 run of dominance over lowly opponents.



After that stretch, it’s not an easy one to end the season. Three at Boston, where the Yankees have not had much success this season, and three at Toronto. They close with three at home with the Rays, where those games could decide the AL East.

On the flip side, they could be meaningless games for Tampa Bay, and the Yankees would still be fighting for home-field advantage in the wild card game.

The likely scenario is that the division is still out of reach, and the Yankees settle for a wild card by the time they go to Fenway Park the last weekend of September. If the rotation stays in tack as it is, Gerrit Cole would be in line to start the wild card game on normal rest.
If they’re taking on the Red Sox, that’s the guy you want on the mound.

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