The New York Yankees' tumultuous 2012 campaign is beginning to come down to the wire.
After heading into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and a seven-game lead in the AL East, the Bombers are currently in a dogfight to maintain control of their one-game lead in the division. The mass hysteria that ensued as the Baltimore Orioles rapidly caught up to an aging Yankees squad in the standings was deafening.
However, there are still several reason why the Yankees are in a prime position to win the AL East.
For Yankees fans, this season has been a roller coaster.
The team has played some incredible baseball, and then gone on to throw it all away in the standings. There have been serious injuries to key contributors, yet several fresh faces have stepped up to keep the Yankees afloat.
It's almost a miracle that the Yankees are where they are.
However, now that the season is nearing its end, the Bombers should be viewed as the favorites to come away with the AL East crown.