So you’re saying there’s a chance? Yes, a slight one, but it is still possible that the Yankees could catch the Red Sox after trimming the AL East deficit down to three games following their win over Tampa last night and the Blue Jays 9-4 defeat of Boston. The odds certainly don’t stand in the Bronx Bomber’s favor though, as FanGraphs gives the Yankees just a 4.4% chance of winning the east crown in the final five days of the regular season. However, it’s not over till it’s over.
In order for the Yankees to tie, you would assume they would have to win out, going 5-0 in their remaining games, while Boston would have to drop two of their final five contests against Toronto and Houston. This all seems quite farfetched as of today, but say the Yankees gain another game tonight, making it just a two-game difference. That’s where things could become a little more interesting. With four games left, the Yankees would be two games out with Boston about to begin a four-game set with the red-hot Astros, who are still as of right now looking to move past the Cleveland Indians for the best record in the American League. Houston will have something to play for and the players will be engaged in these games against Boston.
Now, another question is can the Yankees win the rest of their games? It is certainly possible. Winning five in a row happens quite often in baseball, and with the way this Yankee team has played in the month of September, they seem about as ready for the challenge as they could be. Almost everyone in the lineup is hot along with Aaron Judge’s resurgence, and they’ve gotten stellar pitching up to this point as well. If you’re a Red Sox fan, you gotta be hoping the Yankees don’t gain another game tonight, because if they do, this could go down to the wire.