The Yankees have 9 games left to play this regular season.
Their magic number for winning the AL East is 8. And, their magic number for a playoff berth is 5. (Any combination of Yankees wins and Angels losses equaling five.)
The East is still pretty open. But, all the Yankees need to do is go 5-3 from here and it doesn’t matter what the Angels do – and then New York will have a playoff berth.
Seems simple, doesn’t it?
There’s no way they can screw that up, right?
Even if the Yankees only go 3-5 over the next five games, then the Angels would have to go 8-1 to beat New York. And, is that really going to happen? I doubt it.
The Yankees should have a playoff spot locked up before the end of this road trip.
The bigger trick will be winning the East.