The New York Yankees are currently 4 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. East – with 38 games remaining on the 2007 schedule.
The Yankees and Red Sox are scheduled to face each other on August 28th. Between now, and then, both New York and Boston have seven games to play this week – all on the road (for both teams).
The Red Sox play the last-place Devil Rays for three games and then the last-place White Sox for another four games.
The Yankees play the first-place Angels for three games and then the Tigers (who have the 6th best record in the league) for another four games. By the way, the Angels are 40-17, yes, 40-17, at home so far this season.
Clearly, the schedule, over the next week, favors the Boston Red Sox. But, we know that things don’t always work out the way the stats sometimes suggest they may shake out.
Look at it this way, at the best, the Yankees will be three games ahead of the Red Sox, when they meet on August 28th. And, at the worst, the Yankees will be eleven games out of first, when Boston comes to New York.
Personally, I doubt that the Yankees will be three games up or eleven games back on August 28th. It’s going to be somewhere in the middle. If I had to predict it, I would offer that the Yankees will be five games back of Boston when the two teams face each other in a week (from now). But, with a little luck, it could only be four games back.
Four games back with 31 games to go? That’s pretty good. I think, when you look at the schedule this week, the Yankees would be happy with that as well.