AL first wild card spot
New York Yankees
Overall record (through Sunday): 77-65
Last week: 4-2
This week: Vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Mon.-Wed. at New York Mets due to Hurricane Irma); vs. Baltimore Orioles (Thu.-Sun.)
New York continues to take care of business against anyone not named Cleveland, which is understandable given how en fuego that team has been recently.
The Yankees won two of three games against both the Orioles and the Rangers this week. Given the position those two teams are in and the fact both series were on the road, that’s a great week for the team that solidly holds the American League’s first Wild Card position.
Going back to August, the Yankees have won five consecutive series against any team not from Cleveland. Aside from the Tigers, those series wins have all come against teams that can be considered fighting for a playoff spot. Now, that’s an impressive run.
The schedule will continue to test New York over the coming 10 days. The Yankees will stay in New York for all 10 games, but the first three will take place at Citi Field. With Hurricane Irma making landfall, the Rays and Yankees will play at the Mets’ home stadium with Tampa Bay serving as the home team.
After that, the Yankees will head back to the Bronx for a four-game set against the Orioles. The Twins will then come to town to open the following week.
By the time the playoffs roll around, this team should be well-prepared. It’s looking more and more like Yankee Stadium will host the AL Wild Card Game with possibly Luis Severino throwing for New York.
Who would have thought that in April?