Right now, the Yankees have an 8-game lead over the Red Sox, in the all-important loss column – with New York having 9 games left to play this season. Seems like a lock that they will finish ahead of Boston this season, no? Unless…
Say that the Red Sox sweep their next three games against the Yankees. This would make it a 5-game lead with six to play. And, then suppose that Boston wins three of four from the White Sox while the Yankees drop two of three to the Blue Jays (in their respective series after this match-up in the Bronx).
That would leave the Yankees with a 3-game lead over Boston with three games to play. And, this means the Red Sox would have to win all of their last three games against the Yankees (at Fenway Park) to close the season.
Yeah, all said, Boston needs to go 9-1 to close out this season while the Yankees go 1-8 in order for the Red Sox to just tie the Yankees in the standings. Now, there’s almost no chance of both those things happening between today and the end of the season. The Yankees will be in the post-season this year and the Red Sox will not. There’s just too many games between the teams and not much time left on the clock. Rest easy, Yankeeland.