It’s the end of June and the Yankees find themselves in third place, five and a half games behind the first-place Tampa Rays. That can all change in just 10 days as a few key match ups put the Yankees in a good position to move up in the standings.
The Yankees are 16-and-8 since June 4 and hope to continue their winning ways as they take on the Texas Rangers at home. The Rangers are one game above a .500 winning percentage and have struggled to stay at that point all season. Aside from their mediocre record they are facing two of New York’s best pitchers in Mike Mussina and Joba Chamberlain.
Meanwhile the Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series. No matter what the outcome of that series the Yankees will have the opportunity to move up in the AL East standings, the AL Wild Card, or both.
After those pair of series …