The Yankees And O's Are Equals And Other MLBullets

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano reacts after he stuck out in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

We're about a month away from the playoffs ...

  • On June 11, the New York Yankees took sole possession of first place in the AL East. They never relinquished it. Until last night, that is. The lead, which was 10 games at its zenith, is now gone after the Tampa Bay Rays took down the Yankees yesterday while the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays. That brought the O's into a tie with the Yankees, and the Rays to within a game and a half of the top. The Yankees are 19-25 over their last 44 games, and haven't been hitting at nearly the same clip that they were in the first two and a half months. They've also dealt with a number of high profile injuries, including Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and CC Sabathia, not to mention guys like Michael Pineda and Brett Gardner, whom they've been without for most or all of the season. The Yankees' slump is deep, but to miss the playoffs entirely, they would still have to be passed by one of the O's or Rays, and then also by another two teams in the Wild Card race.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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