Did The Yankees Just Win The AL East?

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIAugust 24, 2009

BOSTON - AUGUST 23:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after a solo home run by Hideki Matsui #55 of the New York Yankees in the eighth inning on August 23, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Not since 2006 have the New York Yankees won the American League East.  1998 was the last time they had more cushion in the lead then an orthopedic pillow.

After a series victory this past weekend against the Boston Red Sox, it is clear that the chances of the Boston Red Sox coming back from a seven and a half game lead are very shallow.

Josh Beckett (14-5), just ended Red Sox Nation hopes and Cy Young hopes as he was tattooed for five home runs in Sunday's loss.

The Yankees are sitting pretty at 78-46 with a little over a month left in the season.

With 37 games left, the chances of the Yankees reaching over a hundred wins are strong.  If they continue playing the way they have been, it will happen.

Not only are the Yankees winning baseball games, a few players have a chance to take home some hardware at the end of the season.

Derek Jeter is having the season of his life, hitting .332 with 16 home runs, 57 runs batted in, 86 runs and 21 stolen bases.  He has a lot more work to do, but MVP whispers have started up.

CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.59 ERA) has a big shot at the Cy Young after defeating rival Josh Beckett on Sunday Night.  If his September numbers are any where close to his August numbers, the Cy is in the bag.

Things are looking up for the team in the Bronx for a change, as they cruise into playoffs this season.  It isn't over yet, but it is nice to be in the position they are right now.