Alright, so, the last time I wrote an article, I got tremendous feedback, and a ton of great advice. With that, I will continue with my biggest baseball passion of all: The Rivalry. Yes, even though most Bostonians say that the "Curse of the Bambino" is over, but I am still a believer in the magic of Yankee Stadium, and this upcoming series might be one of the biggest series the Stadium in the Bronx has seen, and it will possibly be the last this hollowed ground will see between the Yankees and the Red Sox.
This is make or brake time for the Yankees. Sweeping the Orioles this past weekend gave the Yankees some momentum going into this upcoming three game series with the Sox, and it could be their last shot at the playoffs if they win this series. As it stands right now, the Yankees are 9 1/2 games out of the East, and 5 games out of the AL Wild Card. Now, the chances of the Rays going on a horrible losing streak is very improbable, so though the division is not statistically out of reach, or impossible to take (remember the 2007 NL East?), it is much more feasible to take the Wild Card spot. In order to have a legitimate shot at overtaking the Sox, the will need to win this series.
Sweeping the Sox would put the Yanks 2 games out, with momentum on their side. Taking two out of three will leave the Yanks 4 games out. So, sweeping will put them in a great position. On the other hand, losing this series puts them in a very, very bad position. Losing 2 of three puts them 6 games out again, and losing all 3 makes it 8 games out, and then you can virtually stick a fork in the Yankees season.
The key is to win here. Winning is the only way to get to the playoffs. The Wild Card is out there for the taking, and the fate of New York rests on their shoulders, and their shoulders alone. The lineup seems to be rejuvenated as of late, and one can only hope it stays that way for the remainder of the season. It is time for all teams to push now. Champions are made of good pitching, timely hitting, and good defense. The Yanks will have to have all three to have another year of October baseball. Get ready for a wild three games in the House that Ruth Built.