The Yankees have 7 games left to play this regular season.
Their magic number for winning the AL East is 6. And, their magic number for a playoff berth is 4. (Any combination of Yankees wins and Angels losses equaling four.)
I have no doubt that the Yankees will reach the post-season this year. The Angels are not going to win every game they have left this year. And, the Yankees should be able to win at least three of their remaining seven games.
The A.L. East? Now, that’s a different matter. So much of that depends on what happens today.
If New York can beat Toronto and then go two up on Baltimore, then I like the Yankees chances with a magic number of 5 with 6 games to go.
But, if the Yankees lose to the Blue Jays today, and allow the O’s to get within one game of first, then I think it’s going to be tough for New York – with a magic number of 6 with 6 games to go. Stress “tough” – but it’s not impossible.
This makes today’s game pretty big for the Yankees. Let’s see how they handle it.