For the month of September, the Yankees had played their American League East opponents as they race to finish in a playoff spot. However, their schedule is taking a slight detour since they don’t face an AL East or AL opponent for the final time this season.
In the final interleague matchup of the 2016 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are slated to come to town and take on the Yankees in a three game set before the Yankees continue their trek to a postseason berth.
The Yankees and Dodgers have met during the postseason over the years but meeting up during the regular season is a rare feat; the last time it happened was in 2013 when the Yankees and Dodgers split a doubleheader in the Bronx.
The NL West leaders and the AL playoff hopefuls will clash with everything on the line, and despite yesterday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays–which snapped a seven-game win streak, the Yankees have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, taking 7-of their last-8 games. Also since the non-waiver trading deadline, the Yankees have had the second best record in Major League Baseball, going 24-14 in that span; the only team above the Yankees is the Chicago Cubs with a 27-10 record.
This won’t be an easily won series for either side, and if the Yankees want to keep their playoff hopes alive, it would be in their best interest to pounce on the Dodgers in these first two games, especially since they’re facing Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday afternoon.