What made it old-school, you might ask? Did it get heated? Did Aaron Boone yank Aaron Judge from right field mid-game, then fist-fight him in the dugout? Was every game a seesaw, with doubles constantly banging off the Monster en route to a 13-12 score?
Well … not really. It was mostly “old school” because the Red Sox tempted fate three times and got absolutely flattened with a trio of extremely painful losses, the likes of which that franchise hasn’t seen since 2004.
The good news for Boston? Despite a flip-flop in the playoff positioning, they play all six of their remaining games against absolute tomato cans, while the Yankees face two AL East World Series contenders.
According to FanGraphs, the Yankees now have a remarkable 92.4% chance to make the playoffs, after being stuck at 39.5% following the Cleveland series that left them two games behind Toronto for the bottom Wild Card spot.
Now, after Toronto split a four-game set in Minnesota and lost the opener to the Yanks on Tuesday, which gave the Bombers seven straight wins, (Boston’s at 74.6%, FWIW), things look a little different.
Again, though, we should caution you. These odds have been an absolute roller coaster since late August, and Boston’s schedule has literally never been easier. Seriously. This might be the easiest “test” the Red Sox have faced in at least a decade.
At least Boston goes on the road — Sunday’s gleeful win was a wrap on Fenway Park for the regular season. But facing the 50-106 Orioles (without John Means and Chris Ellis!) is child’s play, and then the Sox head to battle the 64-92 Nationals, who sold off all their non-Soto assets at the deadline. For the Yankees to hold the top spot (Boston owns the tiebreaker by a 10-9 margin in the regular-season series), they might just have to finish the season on a 12-game winning streak. Uh … yeah.
If you still believe and you want to make a big bet on the Yankees’ World Series odds, our friends at WynnBET can definitely take care of you. New York is +1500 to win it all, tied alongside the Jays, who will open their stadium to a capacity of 30,000 this week just in time for their biggest series of the year.
If you’d rather just take the Yanks to topple the AL, you can snag that at +800, further back than the Sox at +700.
The Yankees won the battle on Sunday, but they certainly still have to win the war, and if they can dispatch of Toronto and Tampa Bay, the final boss will likely look a lot like the most recent game they just played at Fenway Park. But will it have the same ending?