This New York Yankees season has been odd since day one, but finally, mercifully, we’ve now got some odds to celebrate.
Tuesday appeared likely to be the most important day of the 2021 campaign (until the Oakland series…and the Toronto series…and the road set in Boston…). Two games, three hours apart, all preceding Andrew Heaney’s appearance in Wednesday’s finale.
It seemed like the Yanks needed to win both games in order to keep their dreams alive, as difficult as that appeared — after all, who doesn’t split a DH like this?
The Yankees didn’t. They, in fact, won both contests in dramatic fashion, which drastically changed their postseason calculus.
It also officially pushed the slumping Red Sox behind them in one all-important metric: World Series odds. Both are long shots, sure, but for at least one day, Boston’s further in the league’s caboose, back with the other teams that don’t currently occupy a playoff spot.
And yes, we had to use the Wandy Peralta photo. This is “World Series odds,” not “World Series normals.”
Yankees World Series odds after Red Sox doubleheader
According to our friends at WynnBET, the Yankees have officially breezed past the Red Sox in the World Series odds, which had better not be affected by the outcome of Wednesday’s Andrew Heaney game. We’d really like to savor this, if we could.
The Yanks sit at +1200 (still a significant underdog), while Boston has slid back to +1500. This is all a massive reversal of what we saw just a few weeks ago at the All-Star Break, when the Bombers were a dead-in-the-water +2000.
Then, of course, seemingly everything turned on a dime. Luis Gil and a cavalcade of bullpen arms (we’ve won two full-on bullpen games!) stepped in to maintain the rotation’s sterling ERA in Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery’s absence. Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo arrived to balance the lineup.
When Rizzo, too, hit the COVID IL, Voit stepped up to reclaim his position as the team’s leader at first base. Bronx native Andrew Velazquez has filled in admirably for Gleyber Torres. Tyler Wade is hitting well over .400 in recent weeks. The tide has turned significantly.
How does it all end? Even Vegas doesn’t know that.
The picture is certainly rosier on Wednesday than it was in April, May, June and July, though, proving once and for all that, of all the long seasons, the one immediately after a 60-game campaign is the longest of all.