To me, the keys to this 1-0 win were, outside of the performance by Unit, the pop-up play in the 8th where the PR, Adam Stern, was erased and that catch that Rivera made off Renteria in the 9th. Otherwise, it’s the Dave Roberts/ALCS situation all over again in both those frames and that’s never a good thing in a 1-0 game. (By the way, how many good games in a row is it now for Johnson after that meeting with Kerrigan?)
OK, now, to the standings, it’s a three-game gap with 20 games to go. Assume that Boston plays .500 ball. This means the Yankees would have to play .700 ball to pass them. If the Red Sox play .600 ball, then the Yankees have to play .800 ball to pass them. I still do not see the Yankees catching the Red Sox in the A.L. East.
As far as New York’s wildcard chances, well, the Yankees next stop is three games in Tampa Bay. Let’s see how that plays out.