ANAHEIM, Calif. – First, the unhealthy information: The Yankees ended their once-promising street journey by shedding 4 in a row on the West Coast earlier than beating the Angels on Wednesday night time.
The losses undid no less than a few of what the Yankees completed throughout their 13-game profitable streak that briefly had them eyeing the potential for chasing down the Rays for the AL East title.
However though these hopes largely have been dashed, it appears the Yankees nonetheless are in fine condition to no less than host the one-game wild card sport subsequent month.
For one, they’re nonetheless within the high spot, whereas the crew immediately behind them – the Purple Sox – is reeling.
Moreover, the Yankees entered the ultimate month of the common season with the simplest energy of schedule of their important rivals for each the wild card and the division.
In keeping with Tankathon.com, the Yankees’ remaining opponents have a profitable proportion of .471. Solely the Reds and Phillies face worse competitors the remainder of the best way.
Among the many groups the Yankees are primarily nervous about, the A’s have the hardest schedule, with a .516 opponent profitable proportion.
Subsequent up is Tampa Bay at .509, which features a three-game sequence towards the Yankees in The Bronx to shut out the common season. The Rays lately activated former Yankee right-hander David Robertson to bolster their bullpen and had their nine-game profitable streak snapped Wednesday towards Boston.
The Purple Sox and Blue Jays are subsequent at .491, adopted by the still-lurking Mariners at .485.
Throughout the remaining month, the Yankees may have some management towards these groups. Along with the Rays sequence, the Yankees have three video games remaining towards Boston at Fenway Park, in addition to seven versus Toronto.
For essentially the most half, the Yankees have stated their consideration is solely on what they’re doing.
“My focus is on the New York Yankees always,’’ Anthony Rizzo stated Tuesday.
However DJ LeMahieu acknowledged earlier within the Angels sequence that that is the time of yr gamers begin glancing on the scoreboard and the standings.
After all, they’re extra inclined to take action throughout the franchise’s longest profitable streak in a long time – just like the one the Yankees used to place themselves firmly within the playoff image – than they’re after they’re slipping nearer to the wild card pack.
Aaron Boone has been constant in saying he doesn’t pay a lot consideration to what the Rays – or every other crew – is doing within the standings.
“We will’t management that,’’ Boone stated. “We proceed to work to be the perfect crew we are able to probably be and put ourselves ready to play for one thing significant. We perceive we play in an important division. [The Rays] lead the division due to how nicely they performed all year- and positively during the last couple of months. We will’t actually fear about it.”