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For the Yankees, the second season begins tonight

By Brian | August 26, 2008 | Share on Facebook

OK, here’s where we stand:  With 32 games to play, the Yankees are 9.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East, 5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the American League Wild Card, and 3.5 games behind whoever’s losing between the White Sox and the Twins for that same Wild Card slot.

The Rays apparently did not receive the memo that outlined how they were supposed to be an interesting story up through the All Star break and then fade away into the background so the big boys could work out the post season.  Some people just don’t know how to cooperate with others…

At any rate, that leaves the Yankees, the Red Sox and the White Sox/Twins fighting for that coveted Wild Card playoff slot.

Here’s where it gets interesting.  Of their remaining 32 games, the Yankees have six against the Red Sox and four against the White Sox.  Those with advanced math skills will note that six is awfully close to five, and four is awfully close to 3.5.  In other words, if the Yankees do anything other than win all ten of these games, then their ever-dwindling hopes of making the playoffs will depend on them beating another team, and another team beating the Red Sox, White Sox, or Twins.

Game #1 against Boston is tonight.  Do or die, boys – do or die…


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