The Yankees have survived this long being riddled with injuries as Alex Rodriguez has been out of the line-up, along with the rotation sans CC and Andy but they have survived.
So, how does the AL East look as of today?
The Yankees had an 11-game lead in the division as of July 18th, which has now shrunk to an uncomfortable four games.
So, what does this mean?
Well, for now it means the Yankees don’t want the Rays and Orioles to get any closer because who wants to be one of the Wild Card teams.
Just imagine having to deal with a single, do-or-die game after leading the division all season? Not pretty. And FYI…if the season ended today the AL Wild Card would be between the Rays and Orioles.
What the Yankees really need is Robinson Cano to get out of his funk, and the bullpen to get back to the dominant weapon they have been all season, all while waiting for the injured to return.
And that should be enough, hopefully.
Here is the Yankees record vs. all MLB opponents thus far (courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com); notice the White Sox have given them the most problems in the AL.