Although they dropped the series against the Rays, the Bombers still picked up half a game in the Wild Card race by virtue of the Orioles and A’s beating each other up over the weekend. The Rays still maintain that top Wild Card spot but the Yankees are closing in on the second spot so let’s see what’s going on with those other teams:
TB: 74-54, GB:+2.5
We all know how this one went.
As of the time this article was written, the Rays opened their series against the Kansas City Royals with a rare Monday day game as Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 5.03 ERA) takes on Jeremy Guthrie (12-10, 4.22 ERA)
The A’s dropped two of three to the O’s over the weekend, getting trounced in the series finale by virtue of homers from J.J. Hardy, Nate McClouth, and Nick Markakis. As was mentioned, the A’s getting beaten lessened the blow of dropping the series to Tampa and kept the Yanks within striking distance of that second Wild Card spot.
The A’s head to Detroit for a tough series against a hot Tigers team, providing the Yankees with another opportunity to gain ground in the Wild Card race. A.J. Griffin (10-9, 3.84 ERA) takes on Anibal Sanchez (11-7, 2.45 ERA) in the series opener.
CLE: 71-59, GB: 1.5
The Tribe took two out of three to the lowly Twins, who were also missing their All-Star Catcher, Joe Mauer. The revival of Scott Kazmir continues as he pitched a gem in the series finale, throwing six innings of one-run ball, while striking out eight but he didn’t get the win. Drew Stubbs provided the decisive run with with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.
This should be a series to watch as Tito’s group heads to Turner Field to take on the NL East-leading Braves. Two youngsters take the mound in game one as Danny Salazar (1-1, 3.52 ERA) opposes Alex Wood (2-2, 2.50 ERA).
BAL: 70-59, GB: 2.0
Another head-to-head AL East battle as Buck and the O’s ship up to Boston to take on the first-place Red Sox. Wei-Yin Chen (7-6, 3.19 ERA) takes on Felix Doubront (9-6, 3.79 ERA) in game one from Fenway.
NYY: 69-61, GB: 3.5
The Sox took the final series of their West Coast-swing by winning the last two games against the red-hot Dodgers, winning the finale on Sunday Night Baseball by the score of 8-1. This team is no joke and I don’t see them going in the tank any time soon, which is bad news for the Orioles.
TB: 74-54, GB: 1.0
BAL: 70-59, GB: 5.5
NYY: 69-61: GB: 7.0
TOR: 58-73, GB:18.5