Monday, September 12, 2016

Most Popular Article of the Week: The Yankees Remaining Schedule & Playoff Chances After the Tampa Bay Series

The New York Yankees have made a whole lot of people eat crow and choke on their words, maybe no one more so than myself truth be told, in the second half of this season after a fire sale of sorts at the August 1st trading deadline. The Yankees traded off their best hitter in Carlos Beltran, arguably their two best relievers in Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman and other veteran pieces like Ivan Nova yet the team only got better, not worse, after the sale. At one point this season right around the All-Star break I typed up a post looking at the Yankees schedule in the second half and I came to the conclusion that the Yankees were doomed for failure in the coming months. New York had series with the Baltimore Orioles, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox looming and while I had them dead in the water they have come out swinging stronger than ever.

Now with the playoffs a real possibility, despite my previous predictions, the Yankees are sprinting towards the finish line and playing their best baseball of the season at the best possible time. That got me thinking, after this series with the Rays which on paper they should do well in what does the rest of the schedule look like?

9/12 – 9/4 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3)
9/15 – 9/18 @ Boston Red Sox (4)
9/20 – 9/22 @ Tampa Bay Rays (3)
9/23 – 9/26 @ Toronto Blue Jays (4)
9/27 – 9/29 vs. Boston Red Sox (3)
9/30 – 10/2 vs. Baltimore Orioles (3)

I won’t be the ones to count them out. Not anymore. 

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