Coming into the series earlier this week with the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees had a home record under the .500 mark. Add to that, finishing off two road series, one that was extremely disappointing, as they lost two of three to the last place Texas Rangers, and then starting off the weekend series by dropping the opener to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway, the Yankees seemed to have wasted golden opportunities to gain ground in both the AL East and the Wild Card chase.
The Tigers came into the Bronx, firmly planted in first place in the AL Central, while the Yankees remained stuck in third, chasing the Toronto Blue Jays for the last Wild Card spot, and the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the division. During the final moments of the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline, the Tigers made their move, getting involved in a three-team trade that netted them their THIRD Cy Young Award winner in Tampa Bay Rays’ ace, David Price. Heading into the Bronx for a four-game set, three of which would be started by said former Cy Young winners, and the fourth by a 13-game winner this season, the odds looked slim of the Yankees being able to compete. Most were hoping for a split, as a series loss or even worse, a sweep would probably ring the death knell in 2014 for the Bronx Bombers.