With their loss to the Blue Jays this evening, the Yankees lead over the Orioles in the A.L. East is down to one game – with six games left to play on the season.
So, if the Orioles go 4-2 over their next and last six games, then the Yankees will have to go 4-2 as well to win the A.L. East.
But, if the Yankees go 3-3 in their next and last six games, and the Orioles go 4-2, then we’re looking at a tie in the A.L. East standings – and a one-game play-in game between the Yanks in O’s down in Baltimore.
The biggest player in this mix may be the Boston Red Sox.
The Orioles now play the Sox for three games at Camden Yards. And, then, after that, Boston heads to New York for the last three games of the season.
Suppose that the Red Sox lose two in Camden and take two at Yankee Stadium.
That means that the Yankees must win two of their next three games and the Orioles will have to win two of their last three games at Tampa Bay – to force that tie.
But, this is just one of the possible things that can happen between now and the end of the year.
Bottom line, the Yankees still control their own destiny. Now, they just need to beat the Blue Jays to keep that control.