I was just thinking to myself “Is there a way that the Yankees can take the steam out of that season ending series at Fenway?”
Of course, the answer is to be 4 games up in the standings at the start of that three game set. But, can that be done?
Well, considering that the Yankees have taken 3.5 games off Boston’s lead in the last 9 days (9/11 to 9/19), one would have to assume that it’s possible to add 3.5 games in 9 days as well, no?
From today, through 9/28, the Yankees play 9 games and the Red Sox play 8 games. If the Red Sox split their 8 games, then the Yankees would have to win all 9 games to have a 4 game lead over Boston on 9/29. OK, that’s not going to happen.
Of course, there are the games of 9/29 that have to played as well before the Yanks-Sox finale. What if that is factored in?
Suppose that Boston goes 5-4 in their final 9 games before the Yankees series. Then the Yankees would need to go 10-0 to have that four game lead going into Fenway. Yeah, that’s not going to happen either.
Therefore, it’s going to come down to those final three games of the season – unless Boston tanks it, big-time, in the next 9 games. Or, of course, unless the Yankees play terrible and then it won’t matter.
Clear your calendars: 9/30, 10/1 and 10/2 – and possibly a tie-breaker after that. Oh, my stars and garters.