For the better part of the next three weeks the Yankees are scheduled to face all the AL East teams and barely anyone else. Save for a make up game with the LA Angels on Sept 14, the Yankees face the AL East from August 31 to September 16.
It starts with a seven game road trip – three games in Baltimore and four in Toronto. Then the Yanks travel back home for an extended homestand – four against Tampa Bay – including a doubleheader, three against Baltimore, the make-up game against LA and 2 versus Toronto.
Fortunately for the Bombers, neither of these teams have provided much difficulty this season. They are 9-3 against Toronto and 9-3 against Baltimore. They have also won 8 of their last 9 and seven straight against the Orioles; and 4 of their last 5 against the Blue Jays.
The Rays have been a little more of a challenge – the Yankees hold a slight advantage in the season series, 6-5 but the Yanks have won 4 of the last 5.
I think we can seriously expect the Bombers to take 12 of the 16 games, and considering the Angels are reeling, having lost 7 of their last 11, they can take that game as well. That would give the Yankees a 95-52 record heading into the final 15 games of the regular season. That would put the Yankees on pace for their first 100-win season since 2004.