The Yankees have 29 games left, and at this point, it seems worth counting their losses rather than their wins. How many losses can they withstand and keep their playoff hopes alive?
Last year, the Tigers made the playoffs with 88 wins. To get there, the Yankees can afford only 11 more losses.
But the Tigers advanced by winning their division last year. They wouldn’t have had enough wins for the wild card. If you go back two years — the last year with only one wild card — the Red Sox would have been the second wild card at 90 wins. To get there, the Yankees can afford to lose only nine games the rest of the way.
But even 90 wins might not be enough. Last year, both wild card berths required 93 wins. To get there, the Yankees can afford to lose only six games. Six.
“Any loss at this point in the season is rough on us,” Chris Stewart said on Wednesday, when the Yankees let one get away in Toronto. “Time is ticking away and we don’t really have much room for error.”
It really is a tiny margin with three teams to pass. Each win moves the Yankees incrementally closer. Each losses moves them devastatingly backwards.
“We need to win games; we need to win series,” Joe Girardi said. “We need to have a really good home stand is the bottom line. We’ve got 29 games left, and we’re home I think for 10 games. Playing some teams in our division. We need to have a really good home stand.”
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