Pre-Series Notes: Is there any hope of catching the Yankees?

It’s the middle of June and we have a must-win series.

That sounds dramatic, I know, but the New York Yankees are rolling into town with a 10-game lead in the American League East. They’re fresh off of sweeping aside the Tampa Bay Rays while the Blue Jays managed to win just two of four against the basement-dwelling Baltimore Orioles.
Now, a 10-game lead isn’t insurmountable. The Blue Jays were eight games back of the Yanks back in 2015 before they got themselves together and went on a late-season run. But the thing is that the context is very different in 2022. These aren’t the 2015 Yankees, this year’s group is much better, and the Blue Jays aren’t some underachiever hovering around the .500 mark that’s waiting to explode.
Among other things, in order to catch New York, the Blue Jays are going to have to do well in the head-to-head games they have remaining. The two teams split a four-game series in The Bronx early in the season but the Yankees have won four of five over the Blue Jays since.
So, all told, the Blue Jays are 3-6 in their first nine against the Yanks and they’ll play each other 10 more times. Take two of three here and you’re only nine back!

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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