August 8, 2022

This weekend’s four-game collection within the Bronx might find yourself enjoying a significant function within the last American League playoff image. The New York Yankees (52-18) are internet hosting the Houston Astros (43-26) with an opportunity to create much more separation atop the 2022 MLB standings.

The Yankees prolonged their lead over the Astros for the AL’s No. 1 seed to eight.5 video games Thursday evening. Aaron Choose hit a walk-off RBI single to offer New York a 7-6 victory, additional solidifying the group’s spot as the most effective group in baseball.

Regardless of simply over 43% of the 2022 schedule being full, the Astros seem like the Yankees’ solely actual menace to complete with the most effective AL document. The Toronto Blue Jays (39-30) are third within the total AL standings, trailing New York by 12.5 video games. The Boston Purple Sox (39-31) are 13 video games behind their rivals. 

If the Yankees win three out of 4 video games towards the Astros, their lead for home-field benefit within the AL will improve to 9.5 video games. A sweep of Houston, although unlikely, would put New York 11.5 video games forward of the Astros.

Falling any additional behind the Yankees would make it extraordinarily tough for the Astros to catch New York by season’s finish, given how properly the group has performed for 2 and a half months.

The Yankees are on tempo to set an MLB document with 120 regular-season wins. New York has a plus-146 run differential, properly forward of Houston’s plus-60 run differential. The Yankees lead the AL in runs scored, OPS, ERA and defensive runs saved. 

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New York leads MLB with 21 comeback wins and 9 walk-off victories. The Yankees are the one major-league group that has a successful document in video games throughout which they had been shedding sooner or later.

The Astros have reached the ALCS in 5 straight seasons with a 1-2 document within the World Sequence throughout that span. The Astros defeated the Yankees within the ALCS in 2017 and 2019. Houston had home-field benefit in each collection and punched their ticket to Fall Traditional at dwelling each instances.

New York has a 15-game successful streak at dwelling and an total 30-7 document at Yankee Stadium.

Giancarlo Stanton #27 holds again Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees after Donaldson’s benches-clearing dispute with Yasmani Grandal #24 of the Chicago White Sox through the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium on Could 21, 2022 within the Bronx borough of New York Metropolis. Picture: Sarah Stier/Getty Photographs

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