A Different Way To Clinch

Chad Jennings of LoHud, pointed out that the Yankees can clinch tonight with a win and losses by Anaheim, Texas, and Minnesota. Didn’t I just tell you that Three was the magic number?

It still is, but the scenario outlined above works because Texas plays Anaheim four times this weekend. So, if the Yankees win, they are at 87 wins. Anaheim could still get to 87, but doing that would require sweeping Texas. And Texas, with a loss tonight and that result, could only get to 86 wins. Meanwhile, Houston which is off tonight, can still get to 88 wins, but in the scenario above they would win the AL West while Texas stayed home. And in the scenario listed above, the Yankees would host the wild card game thanks to a 4-2 record over Anaheim. Confused now?

In other news, Masahiro Tanaka is pitching Wednesday which gives him five days off before a potential Wild Card game.