I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but as a Mets fan, I truly enjoy the Red Sox. It goes back to that “people from Brooklyn and people from Boston are actually pretty similar” kind of thing. And while I do applaud this Yankees team for making the AL wild card race that much more intense, it’s always more fun for me to watch the Red Sox take them down in Boston.
Hanley Ramirez pulled a Curtis Granderson (it’s fun I get to say things like that now) last night to help lift the Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the Bombers. Boston now sits three games above Baltimore at the top of the AL East. It’s a nice cushion to have as they head into Camden Yards to play 4 games agains the O’s. The Sox are an offensive machine right now, and even if they drop 3 of 4 to the birds, I can still see them coming back to win the division.
The Yankees playoff picture however, may be slowly falling out of focus. They’ve now dropped 4 games back from the second wild card spot. Detroit, Seattle, and Houston have all pulled ahead of them. Toronto continues to falter as well so it’s not completely absurd that the Yankees could still make a push for it. The Mariners have won 11 of their last 16 and if they manage to sweep or take 2 of 3 from the Blue Jays in this next series, they could sneak their way into that second wild card spot.
The Yankees will hopefully get a little bit of relief playing their next 3 games in Tampa, but it may not be enough to push them forward as they run out of games to play in September.