The Yankees are on the verge of clinching the AL East title, but how many games do they need to win to do it?
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The Yankees have clinched a playoff berth
The Yankees have clinched a playoff berth and are now focused on securing home field advantage throughout the postseason. With a win on Friday night, the Yankees will have their magic number reduced to two.
Any combination of Yankee wins and Boston losses totaling two will give the Yankees sole possession of first place in the AL East and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Yankees currently hold a one-game lead over the Red Sox, but the Red Sox own the tiebreaker by virtue of their better head-to-head record (10-9 vs. 7-11). That means the Yankees need to finish with a better record than Boston to claim home field advantage.
If the season ended today, the Yankees would host Oakland in the Wild Card game on October 3rd , while Boston would travel to take on Houston.
They need one more win or one more Baltimore Orioles loss to clinch the AL East
The Baltimore Orioles currently hold a slim lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East, but the Yankees have a chance to clinch the division title this weekend.
If the Yankees win their next game and the Orioles lose theirs, the Yankees will clinch the division title. If the Orioles win and the Yankees lose, then the Orioles will clinching at least a tie for the division title.
We’ll be keeping an close eye on both teams this weekend to see how things play out!
They need two more wins or two more Houston Astros losses to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs
The New York Yankees have already clinched a spot in the American League playoffs, but they’re not done yet. They’re still fighting for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs, and they need two more wins or two more Houston Astros losses to clinch that distinction.
The Yankees have been one of the best teams in baseball all season long, and they currently have the best record in the AL. That’s why they’re in contention for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. If they can clinch it, they’ll have a big advantage when it comes to hosting playoff games.
So far this season, the Yankees are 50-19 at home and 27-24 on the road. That means that they’ve been a much better team at home than on the road. They’ll need to continue playing well at home if they want to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.
The Astros are currently in first place in the AL West, but they’re only two games ahead of the second-place Oakland Athletics. The A’s are red-hot right now, and they could easily overtake the Astros for first place in the division.
If the Astros lose their grip on first place in the AL West, they could still clinch home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs by winning the AL wild card game. But it would be much better for them if they could avoid having to play in that game by clinching first place in their division.
The Yankees and Astros will both be jockeying for position over the final weeks of the regular season, and it should be exciting to see how it all plays out.
They need four more wins or four more Tampa Bay Rays losses to clinch the best record in the majors
The New York Yankees have clinched a playoff berth and are closing in on the best record in the majors.
They need four more wins or four more Tampa Bay Rays losses to clinch the best record in the majors, which would give them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Yankees have done well against Tampa Bay this season, winning 12 of 19 meetings. They have also fared well against playoff contenders such as the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros.
Beating up on bad teams has been a challenge for the Yankees at times this season, but they have managed to do enough to stay afloat. They are currently on a six-game winning streak against teams with losing records.
Winning the best record in the majors would be a nice feather in the Yankees’ cap, but it is not imperative. They are a very good team regardless of where they play their games in October.