The New York Yankees, based on preseason expectations, should’ve locked up a playoff spot by now. Instead, they’re tied atop the AL Wild Card race (yes, forget about winning the division!) with the Boston Red Sox after getting two HUGE wins at Fenway Park on Friday and Saturday.
Didn’t see that coming, did you? First, the offense exploded on Friday and Gerrit Cole neutralized Boston’s lineup for the most part. Then, on Saturday, Giancarlo Stanton’s go-ahead grand slam in the top of the eighth got the Bombers a 5-2 win.
Coming into this series, the Yankees were two back of the Sox and had a narrow lead over the Toronto Blue Jays for the second WC spot.
Though Yankees fans might’ve felt dejected given the situation heading into this weekend, that’s all turned around.
On Wednesday, the Yankees had a 39% chance of making the postseason. Now? 77.1%, which leapfrogged the Jays, who sit at 26%. The Sox still remain on top with a 94.4% chance.
It could be worse, couldn’t it? With the way this team’s been playing in 2021, you’d think they were 15 games out and ready to tear down the entire operation.
We’ve got some more intriguing odds as well, if you care to dive down the rabbit hole. Hey, the Yankees might not be “good” right now, but they do have a roster built for the postseason. The lineup is deep. The pitching has a ton of experience. If you like longshots, perhaps the Yankees could interest you in a potential big payout.
Per WynnBET, the Yankees are +1500 to win the World Series and +800 to win the American League. What does that mean?
A $100 bet on the Yankees to win the World Series would bring back $1,500 should they get the job done. A $100 bet on the Yankees to win the AL profits $800 should they get to the Fall Classic. An encouraging sign regarding those odds is that the Sox aren’t far ahead, and the Jays actually have the same odds for both.
Do you believe the Yankees will turn it around? Do you like throwing money into a hole? Do you like taking your chances on a team that still has yet to hit its true stride? If all (or some) are true, then a Yankees-centric bet for the playoffs seems like it could be right up your alley.