In all this excitement, the Yankees are still in a better position than anyone. The Bombers currently hold a 4 game lead in the loss column over Boston, and 7 games over the Rays, so they’re clearly in the driver’s seat of this pennant race. That said, given the way things are going now, and the remaining number of games left for the three contenders to play against one another, this race is far from over. Here’s the remaining opponents for the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays, with the number of games in parentheses:
Yankees: Mariners (3), Blue Jays (3), Twins (1), Rays (7), Red Sox (3)
Red Sox: Blue Jays (2), Rays (4), Orioles (7), Yankees (3)
Rays: Orioles (3), Red Sox (4), Yankees (7), Blue Jays (3)
In other words, each team plays seven games against clearly inferior opponents, and the remaining balance of the schedule against each other.
This makes the next seven games surprisingly critical for the Yankees.…