The Yankees season has come down to 10 final games, and all their opponents (the White Sox, Red Sox and Orioles) have only to play out their respective 2015 seasons and look ahead to 2016. Of course, each of these opponents could play the role of spoiler against the Yankees.
But what exactly is there to spoil?
Yes, there is a glimmer of hope that Yankees can still catch the Blue Jays, but realistically the AL East is about settled. We remember at the beginning of play back on August 7th, the Yankees had 13 games remaining with the Blue Jays and were about to play the first of those thirteen games that night. The Yankees led the East by 4.5 games at that moment, Long story short, the Jays went on to win nine of those final thirteen games, an overall record of 29-13 while the Yankees went 22-22 to fall 3.5 games behind the Jays at the end of the season series Wednesday night. That's an eight game swing in the wrong direction.
We have just identified the spoiler and it is the Yankees themselves.
But "Hope springs eternal," if only because of the Wild Card. It is reasonable to believe the division is lost (just not mathematically, yet) but the Yankees are almost a lock for the wild card. They are in line to host a one game play in on October 6, and a win gives them a slot in the Division Series. So, following the final game at Toronto Wednesday night, the Yankees began the final stretch last night against the also ran White Sox at the Stadium.
Last night the Yankees, on the strength of Carlos Beltran's three run home run, held on for a 3-2 win over the White Sox. They are now three games behind with ten to play. It was a decent start for Michael Pineda as well. Of course, Yogi would say "It ain't over until it's over" So we shall see over the next ten days, The wild card still seems most likely.
Yogi Berra passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 90. I shared my memories of Yogi on the occasion of his 90th birthday back on May 12. Since his passing I have enjoyed the many memories posted online and in the press, Prior to the game with Chicago, Yogi was honored in a brief ceremony. All I can add is thank you, Yogi. Thank you for making all this "necessary."