There’s no doubt the American League East holds mediocrity this season, especially with only one team over the .500 mark coming into play today and the American League East seeing one of it’s more larger gaps between first and second place in Major League Baseball. But there’s no denying the Yankees have finally clicked together as a ball club, and they’re making it their mission to take the A.L. East, after missing the postseason for two straight years.
Let’s look at the current American League East standings coming into play this afternoon:
The Yankees committed a rare feat and gained an entire game on the entire East division; the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Oakland Athletics, the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox lost to the Houston Astros (and are currently riding a seven game losing streak).
The Yankees have their faults like the other teams in the East do, but a Twitter follower mentioned to me this morning their faults weren’t catastrophic enough to derail the ball club. With the Yankees gaining ground in the East, is it time to think about ‘pulling away from the pack’ or are we getting ahead of ourselves going into the dog days of August?
“There’s still a lot of games to be played and you still play teams in your division, but as I said, these are important series,” Joe Girardi said after last night’s 4-3 win over the Orioles. “It gives you an opportunity to put some distance between you and the other clubs in your division and you don’t have to rely on other people. But there’s still a ton games to be played.”
Early or not, it’s still a good feeling to be up 5.5 games and not having to worry about another team trying to overtake their lead. If the Yankees continue to keep pace with their current play, the East could be all but theirs and they could punch themselves a ticket to the postseason for the first time in two years.