Coming off a loss to the last place Blue Jays where starter Phil Hughes gave up seven runs, the Yankees have a few concerns as they host the AL West leading Texas Rangers for a critical four game series starting Monday.
They may be without their best starter for an extended period of time, and the Orioles, with clutch play all season and an impressive 22-6 record in one-run games, refuse to fade down the stretch.
There is something about this team, a certain "Oriole Magic" as the stadium scoreboard managers like to point out.
Its time this magic makes a believer out of the baseball world. The Orioles did the unthinkable staying in the race this long, and no one ever thought they would be relevant in August.
But they are, and now is the time they finally be taken seriously. Skeptics point to their negative run differential as a sure sign their winning days are limited, but Baltimore keeps proving that theory wrong as well.
As David Schoenfield of ESPN.com writes on predicting the remainder of the major league season and which team is destined for success: "Something always happens we haven't seen before. Maybe the 2012 Orioles will be that team."
This is why the Orioles will be that team, and overtake the Yankees for the division lead.