Is it safe to say that the Yankees have pretty much locked up a post-season berth with 10 games to go this season?
If they finish first in the division, they’re in.
And, yes, I know they only have a one-game lead as of today. But, even if they don’t finish first, they would still get one of the wildcard slots, more than likely.
Basically, at this point, the Yankees would have to finish second and have something else happen for them not to make the post-season this year.
For example, if New York finished second and both the Angels and A’s (or Rangers, should Oakland pass Texas in the standings) had a better record than the Yankees, then they would miss the post-season. But, the Angels are 4 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the wildcard. And, to make that up in ten games would mean that New York would have to totally tank while the Angels win just about every game.
Seriously, what are the odds of that?
The Yankees should consider themselves as having a ticket for October now. And, the only thing left to do is to win the East and avoid having to play that one-game wildcard playoff (which no one wants anything to do with – given the random nature of one baseball game).