Tuesday, August 07, 2007

For Yanks, Things Get Tough

Two months left to go and the Yankees have a very tough schedule. Having warm-up games against Kansas City and Toronto, they will soon face all three division leaders, plus the two teams in front on New York in the wild card chase.
Following the Toronto series currently under way, the Yankees head to Cleveland, one of the highest scoring teams this season for a three game stretch in which we could see a change of hands in the wild card race. The Yankees have not had great success while on the road losing eight of nine after a nine-game winning streak during the interleague games this past July.
Yankees head back to the Stadium to face Baltimore who have found a way to beat New York. The Detroit Tigers, baseball's other high scoring team, visits New York for the first four-game series as they try to fight for either the Wild Card of the Central lead.
Next up is a trip to Anaheim, the only team to have a winning record since 1996 against the Yankees. Early this season the Angels swept a three-game series only to have the Yankees respond with a two-of-three series victory powered by double-digit run support.
The Yankees stop by Detroit again for one last four-game series hopefully setting the tone for the remainder of the season.
The rivalry resumes when the Boston Red Sox visit New York for the fourth meeting. Red Sox drew first blood with a sweep until New York finally got their game back and evened out the series later on during the season.
A slight "vacation" follows up as the Yankees end August and send them selves into the home stretch against Tampa Bay.
The month of September will be the final trial for New York facing Seattle, Kansas City, Toronto, Baltimore, Toronto, Tampa, and one final Sox series.

As of right now the Red Sox still lead the AL East with a six game lead over New York.
Detroit leads the wild card by a half game with New York temporarily tying it yesterday afternoon.

Yankees chance for the wild card lead stands at 100%, but to win it is a near 93%.
To take over the East remains at a low 40% for now. The Yankees need to win the six games the Red Sox lose in order to raise their odds.


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