Easy Week Provides Big Opportunity

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It’s no longer an early season phase, the AL East division is darn good.  Going into June 7th, four teams in the AL East have the potential to win the division.

Tampa Bay leads the division with a 37-20 record, behind them in second place are the Yankees with a 35-22 record.  In third place, the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays are locked up in a draw with a 33-25 record.  For what it’s worth, Baltimore is trying their best, but they currently hold a 16-41 record, putting them 21 games behind the pace.

It’s hard to consider any portion of the baseball season as “easy,” but this week provides a great opportunity for the Yankees.

Despite losing two out of three to the Blue Jays, the Yankees have won seven of their last ten games.  The next week provides a great chance to make some hay in the division race.

The week starts on Tuesday, when the Bronx Bombers travel to Baltimore to take on the Baltimore Orioles, a team who has won 16 games and holds a .281 winning percentage.

After that series, the Yankees welcome the Houston Astros to the Bronx for a three game interleague series.

The Astros currently sit in last place in the NL Central division, with a 22-35 record as they enter Monday.

Meanwhile, things begin to get tough for the Rays.  Their week starts on Tuesday, when they welcome the Blue Jays to their catwalk filled dome.  After that, the Florida Marlins come to Tampa Bay, for the always thrilling battle of the sunshine state.

Boston faces a tough challenge.  Lucky for them, they get a four game trip to Cleveland to take on the struggling Indians, but after that, they Red Sox welcome the defending NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies to Beantown.

If things go as they should, the Yankees could end the week on top of the AL East.  This week provides a pivotal chance to separate the logjam in the standings, and the Yankees want to take advantage of that opportunity.

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