The Yankees recent home stand had done wonders for them, hasn’t it?
Before this current home stand, the Yankees were on the outside looking in: They were eight games back in the American League East and they were five games out of the second Wild Card spot. Flash forward to a week later, and the Yankees are now back in the playoff race.
How? They’re currently six games back in first place (which isn’t an overwhelming deficit) and they’re only 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, behind the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners. However, if the Yankees want to continue being in the Wild Card race, they’re going to have to continue their winning ways: they’re facing a game against the Kansas City Royals, three against the Detroit Tigers and three against the Toronto Blue Jays, three teams that are still in the Wild Card hunt.
The Yankees have put themselves on a nice streak going into their one game series against the Royals, but they’re also going to have to face four good pitchers in a row (James Shields, Rick Porcello, David Price and Justin Verlander). They’ve accepted and won the challenge of facing three former Cy Young Winners in a row and they’ll more than gladly accept this challenge. The Yankees are now in a tight Wild Card race, and their play this week will determine where they will stand.