All season long New York Yankees (90-56) fans have been optimistic about their team. Not only make the playoffs, but to make a run at winning the World Series, something they have not done since 2009. The Yankees have lost 2 in a row and have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games, including losing 2 of 3 to the Twins, 2 of 3 to the A’s, 2-1 against the Mariners and 2-2 against the Tigers. Even with their recent ups and downs the Yankees still rank second in the in runs (743), first in home runs (234), fifth in ERA (3.76), and also seventh in Average (.248) (stats reflect AL only).
Throughout the second half of the season, the Yankees have been plagued with injuries and inconsistent play. Didi Gregorius has missed 22 games, Gary Sanchez has missed 70 games and Aaron Judge missed 47 games thus far, and is still out indefinitely.
With 16 games left in the season, the Yankees currently hold the top Wild Card spot but have seen their lead over the Athletics shrink to 1 game. The A’s (89-57) have won 6 in a row and 8 of their last 10 games, helping them gain 4 games on the Yankees in the last 10 games.
Thankfully for the Yankees, the third and fourth teams teams find themselves 9.5 and 10.5 games back, respectively (the Rays and Mariners).
The Yankees have a tough schedule to finish out the year against AL East teams; including 6 against the Red Sox. More importantly they need Judge to get healthy to solidify their lineup for the Wild Card game against the Athletics. The biggest question is where the game will be played – will it be Oakland Alameda Coliseum or Yankees Stadium.