With the New York Yankees loss to the Boston Red Sox last night, they are now six games behind the Baltimore Orioles and four games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League standings. The Yankees plans for an American League East title are going out the window–but they still have a chance to make the playoffs if they shift their focus from the AL East…to the AL Wild Card.
Sure, the Yankees haven’t been performing well this season but believe it or not, the second Wild Card is in their reach. Before yesterday’s game, they were only 3.5 games out of the Wild Card spot and if the Yankees can get on another hot streak, then it’s entirely possible for them to win the second Wild Card spot.
Sure, a one-game playoff isn’t ideal for the Yankees considering everything is on the line, but with the Yankees losing and the Orioles surging, they’re running out of options. The key to the Yankees focusing on the Wild Card is getting the most out of their players, and the Yankees playing like the Yankees, but if they can get on a roll in Boston and have a winning home stand against the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees winning a Wild Card spot could actually be a possibility.