But looking at the Yankees’ overall record, trends, and recent success (17-8 in their last 25, the best mark in baseball), it’s becoming more possible by the day to envision significant movement.
Unfortunately, a 58-49 mark only looks impressive when you consider the context. Though the Yanks haven’t been nine games over .500 since mid-May, all other American League contenders (other than the Blue Jays) have been living at that mark for months.
It’s going to take more sustained excellence for the Yankees to make a permanent move in any power ranking, and this week’s assessments make that plainly clear.
MLB hasn’t revised their set of rankings since the first Monday after the trade deadline, meaning the Orioles’ series was not factored in. Still, they moved the Yankees from 12th the week prior to …12th now.
ESPN’s set of rankings were released freshly on Thursday, and they still have New York entrenched in the middle of the pack, moving from 12th to 11th but still behind the Blue Jays (10th).
Yankees Power Rankings: Yankees Playoff Odds
Courtesy of our friends at WynnBET, the Yankees are currently the sixth-most likely team to capture the American League, checking in at +900 and still behind the Oakland A’s, the team they’re chasing for the second Wild Card spot. The Houston Astros (of course) are the current AL favorite, clocking it at +210 while edging out the White Sox at +250.
As for the World Series winner? If you believe the Yankees will go on a run, you can get incredible value right now — the Bombers are +1100, behind the Padres, Red Sox, Rays and Mets. Are you really going to stare us in the eyes right now and claim this hobbled Mets team has a better shot of putting a run together?
We’re not sure what this Yankee team is yet, but we know they’re better constructed for an October run now than they were a week ago. If only they could get in the dance…