Just a couple of weeks ago, the Yankees were on a 13-win streak and firmly in place of the first wild card spot in the American League, and even had an outside chance at winning the division. Since then, the Yankees have had a 6-12 record and are in a dogfight for the two wild-card spots with the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays.
After picking up three huge wins against Minnesota and Baltimore this week, they are starting to build some positive momentum with some weak opponents coming up.
Hopefully, the Yankees can finish a sweep of the Orioles, then they come home for two series against the Indians and Rangers. Both of those are teams the New York should expect to beat.
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If the Yankees can take care of business in the upcoming week, they might put themselves in a position to be up on the Blue Jays and Red Sox with three games against each of those teams the week after. A good week leading into those series would take a little bit of pressure off the Yankees. They potentially would need to take three or four of those six games.
To wrap up the season, the Yankees play the Rays for three games at home in the Bronx, and while on paper that looks like a tough matchup for the Yankees, the timing of it might end up being an advantage. Yankees fans should be rooting for the Rays to have the division and home-field wrapped up when they visit the Bronx to end the regular season. Tampa Bay is likely to have the American League East wrapped up by then, and as of right now, they have five more wins than the next best Houston Astros in the American League.
This is without mentioning that the Rays have a home series coming up against the Blue Jays soon. So that could play as an advantage for the Yankees.
One factor that is not in favor of the Yankees is the Red Sox schedule down the stretch. Six of their remaining 11 games are against the Orioles. Two others are against the Mets, while the remaining three are against the Yankees. So if the Yankees want to finish ahead of Boston, they likely will have to do the heavy lifting in the head-to-head matchups at Fenway Park.
The Yankees have played themselves into a sprint to the finish with less than 15 games left, but they still control their destiny.
If they fail to make the postseason, there will be many questions and likely wholesale changes to the team for 2022.
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