By Kevin Cusmano
On Labor Day weekend, the New York Yankees did some much needed work, winning three of four games, including the opener of a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles Monday afternoon. The Yankees have suddenly again become a hard-hitting team, something fans weren't used to seeing lately, and it has resulted in a first place tie in the loss column with the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. Yankees fans can also thank Boston for that.
If the Yankees will have the opportunity to win the division, and to make a serious run in their chase for a 28th world championship, they must beat up on teams like Baltimore, as they did Monday in an 8-6 win. The Yankees have 16 games remaining against non-playoff contenders. Take care of business in those games, and it will be hard for even the Blue Jays to keep their slight, half-game lead overall in the division.
Of course, the Yankees will have to win their two series against Toronto the rest of the way, too, which includes seven total games. The Yankees play four games against the Blue Jays at home starting Thursday night, which could go a long way in determining who will capture the AL East crown.
The Yankees have certainly found a young star in Greg Bird, who is here to stay, as he counties to show his ability to hit big league pitching. Alex Rodriguez's amazing comeback tour just keeps getting better and I have a feeling it's going to even get sweeter than this for him come October and November.
For a bold early prediction, you can book this one, the Yankees are World Series bound and will capture title No. 28.