Despite an injured Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees' offense has been on an incredible roll lately, as they have finally managed to pass the Boston Red Sox who have remained in the first-place position of the AL East standings for the majority of the season.
The third baseman underwent surgery on July 11 to repair his torn meniscus that has kept him out of the Yankee lineup since July 8. With good news coming out of rehab about A-Rod's performance on the plate, the Yankees are eager to greet back their clean up hitter who is expected to make a dominant return.
Although it is clear that the Yankees do not need Rodriguez at the moment, as they have proved that their offense has the caliber to advance to the playoffs without the Wild Card, having A-Rod on the team will only strengthen their chances of winning the AL East title. They may finally be able to come on top against their long time rivals.
Here are five ways Alex Rodriguez's return will mean an AL East title.