Despite all the injuries and all the controversy they've had to deal with for the majority of the season, the New York Yankees find themselves right in the thick of the wild-card race.
Now 2.5 games out of the final wild-card spot and with only 23 games left in the season, the Yankees need to key in on several areas to ensure making the playoffs is achievable.
The final month will decide their fate, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Yankees' chances of seeing October baseball.
With such a tight race, the Yankees need their faltering stars to join their rising heroes in a combined effort to close this late-season gap.
If the following factors come to fruition, the pinstripes will be fighting for another pennant.