We here at the blog would like to bid a fond farewell to the Seattle Mariners, who have lost 15 of their last 17 games and now sit six games behind the Yankees for the wild card.
It’s now down to the Yankees (82-62) and the Tigers (79-67). If the Yankees go just a pedestrian 9-9 the rest of the way, they would finish with 91 wins. The Tigers would have to go 12-4 to tie.
With five games left against Toronto, six against Baltimore and three against Tampa Bay, the Yankeees are in a position to finish with at least 93 wins.
Of greater interest, perhaps, is which team ends up with the second-best record in the AL and earns the right to play the Yankees. Anaheim is 85-59 and Cleveland 85-60.
Yankee fans should be rooting for Cleveland given that the Yankees were 6-0 against the Tribe this season and outscored them 49-17. No, the Yankees didn’t face C.C. Sabathia. But he’s 1-7, 7.13 in eight career starts against the Yankees.