If this were the late September, we would be talking about the last ten days in historical terms. To lose 6-1/2 games in the standings in ten days is absolutely stunning, but that is exactly what has happened to the Yankees. They woke up on Monday, August 3rd with a six-game lead. Thanks to going 2-6 while Toronto went 9-0, they wake up this morning 1/2-a game behind Toronto.

And the fact that it isn’t late September should be consoling to Yankees’ fans. That and the fact that they actually still lead Toronto in the loss column. Toronto will cool off from this pace. The Yankees will hit again. The problem is with three games coming up in Toronto starting Friday, the Yankees will need both of those things to happen quickly. A three-or-four game lead at this stage really is significant, no matter what the last ten days have shown us.