How Many Games Will the Yankees Need to Clinch the AL East?

With the Yankees currently leading the AL East by 6.5 games, it’s looking like they’ll need around 10 more wins to clinch the division title.

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The current standings

The Yankees have a comfortable lead in the AL East, but with the way the Rays are playing, they can’t afford to take their foot off the gas. They need to win games to clinch the division.

The Yankees’ record

The Yankees have the best record in the American League East and are on pace to win around 100 games. They are currently 7.5 games ahead of the second-place Tampa Bay Rays and 8.5 games ahead of the third-place Boston Red Sox. The Yankees have won 17 of their last 20 games and are 31-19 against divisional opponents this season. If they continue to play at this level, they will likely clinchn the AL East title sometime in early September.

The Rays’ record

The Tampa Bay Rays’ current record is 86-61, which is good for second place in the American League East. They are four games behind the first-place New York Yankees, who have a 90-57 record.

The Red Sox’ record

The Boston Red Sox currently have a record of 95-67, good for second place in the American League East. They trail the New York Yankees by 5.5 games with just two weeks left to play in the regular season. The Yankees have a magic number of 2 to clinch the division title, meaning any combination of two Yankee wins or Red Sox losses will give them their 27th title in franchise history.

The remaining schedule

The Yankees have 27 games left in the regular season. They are currently in first place in the AL East with a record of 91-71. The Red Sox are in second place with a record of 89-73. The Rays are in third place with a record of 88-74. The Blue Jays are in fourth place with a record of 86-76. The Orioles are in fifth place with a record of 85-77.

The Yankees’ remaining games

The New York Yankees have a comfortable lead in the AL East, but they’ll need to win a few more games to clinch the division title. Here’s a look at their remaining schedule:

Sept.
24 vs. Baltimore
25 vs. Baltimore
26 vs. Toronto
27 vs. Toronto
28 at Tampa Bay
29 at Tampa Bay
30 at Houston

Oct.
1 at Houston
2 at Houston

The Rays’ remaining games

The Tampa Bay Rays have been on an absolute tear as of late, and currently sit at 91-71 on the season. They are 7.5 games back of the New York Yankees for the AL East lead, but only 2.5 games back of the Oakland Athletics for the first Wild Card spot. With just four games remaining in the regular season, do the Rays have enough time to make up ground and clinch a postseason berth? Let’s take a look at their remaining schedule.

Sept. 27 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Sept. 28 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Sept. 29 vs. Baltimore Orioles
Sept. 30 vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Rays will start their final week of regular season play with a four-game home stand against theToronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. The Blue Jays are currently 74-88 on the season and Situated in fourth place in the AL East, while the Orioles are 54-108 and in last place in the AL East. While neither team is playing particularly well as of late, the Rays should still be able to take care of business and come away with four wins to kick off the week.

Oct. 1 vs. Chicago White Sox
Oct 2 vs Chicago White Sox
Oct 3 @ New York Yankees
Oct 4 @ New York Yankees
Oct 5 @ New York Yankees

The Rays will finish their regular season with a six-game road trip, starting with a two-game series againstthe Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are 73-89 on the season and Situated in third place in the AL Central, so Tampa Bay should be able to handle them without too much trouble. They will then travel to New York to take on the Yankees in a critical three-game series that could very well decide who wins the AL East title. The Yankees currently sit at 99-63 on the season and hold a seven-and-a half game lead over Tampa Bay, so it is going to be a tall task for them to make up that much ground in such a short amount of time; but stranger things have happened before in baseball, so you can never say never!

The Red Sox’ remaining games

The Red Sox play the Yankees 7 more times this season. They play 3 games in New York from September 16-18 and then 4 games in Boston from September 27-30.

The possible scenarios

If the Yankees win all their remaining games

The Yankees would need to win all 27 of their remaining games to clinch the AL East title.

If the Yankees lose one more game

The Yankees have a magic number of two to clinch the AL East title. If the Yankees lose one more game, they will still clinch the AL East title.

If the Yankees lose two more games

If the Yankees lose two more games, they will need to win their final game to clinch the AL East.

The most likely scenario

The most likely scenario is that the Yankees will need to win 14 of their final 26 games to clinch the AL East title. This would give them a 93-69 record, which would be one game better than the Red Sox (92-70) and two games better than the Rays (91-71).

The bottom line

As of September 21st, the Yankees have a 5.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.

Here is the current division standings:

AL East Standings

Tampa Bay Rays: 87-61
New York Yankees: 93-56
Boston Red Sox: 82-66
Toronto Blue Jays: 67-81
Baltimore Orioles: 52-96

The Yankees have 23 games left to play in the regular season, while the Rays have 28 games left.

In order to clinch the AL East division title, the Yankees would need to win five more games than the Rays do over the rest of the season. So, if the Rays win 23 games and the Yankees win 18 games, both teams would finish with a record of 90-69 and the Rays would win the division title by virtue of having a better head-to-head record against the Yankees (10-9).

However, if the Yankees win 19 games and the Rays win 23 games, both teams would finish with a 91-68 record and the Yankees would win the division title because they would have a better head-to-head record against Tampa Bay (11-8).

Therefore, if both teams continue to play at their current pace, the Yankees will need to win at least four more games than Tampa Bay over the rest of the season in order to clinch the AL East division title.

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