The Yankees are 9-5 against the Rays this season and have beaten them five times at Tropicana Field in seven games.
Why are those statistics significant? Tampa Bay is .500 or better against every other team in the division and is 52-20 at home. No other team has a better home record.
The Yankees are 4-0 against the Rays since July 1, outscoring them 22-7.
How in the world did the Yankees go 23-28 against the Reds, Indians, Tigers, Orioles, Royals, Pirates and Rangers but have so much success against Tampa Bay? Not taking care of business against bad teams is what did them in this season.