Yankees Slump Their Way To Second Leaving Orioles Favored To Win AL East

July 9, 2024 by Staff

After a 3-0 loss to Boston at home on Sunday, the New York Yankees are just 5-15 after reaching a mark of 50-22. They now find themselves with a 55-37 record and sit 3 games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

The loss came one day after a 14-4 win by the home team over the boys from Beantown in a game that featured a 32-second trot around the bases by Alex Verdugo, It was a head-shaking show of cockiness for a team that's been having all kinds of trouble with doing the basic things - hitting, pitching, winning.

The loss on Sunday gave Boston the rubber match of the series.

Meanwhile, the Orioles took 2-of-3 at Oakland over the weekend and return home tonight to begin a 3-game series with the Cubs before hosting the Yankess this Friday through Sunday. New York, meanwhile, travels to its spring training home in the Tampa Bay area to face the Rays who are 2 games under .500 with a 44-46 mark.

Baltimore (-150) is now the AL East betting favorite at FanDuel.com over the Yankees (+120), and the Red Sox have crept to within 4-1/2 games of New York. Boston's longshot odds to win the division (+3600) are suddenly looking like an interesting play as they begin a six-game home stand with the A's in town before hosting the Kansas City Royals. Daily Fantasy Sports fans might want to play a Boston stack against Oakland's 23rd-ranked pitching staff.

The Orioles have passed AL Central leader Cleveland for best record in the American League by a 1/2 game, while Seattle is pacing the AL West with a record that would make the Mariners no better than T-3 in the AL Central and 4th in the AL East.

On the senior circuit, two of the three divisions have a team with a 7.5-game lead over the closest rival as Philadelphia (58-32) leads Atlanta (50-39) in the NL East, while the Los Angeles Dodgers (55-36) hold the edge over the San Diego Padres (49-45).

The National League Central has seen the St. Louis Cardinals pull to within 4.5 games of Milwaukee after the Brewers dropped 2-of-3 at the Dodgers, and even gave one away at lowly Colorado in the previous series. Milwaukee is 4-4 in its last 8 while St. Louis is 6-2.

The Rockies (32-59) are only a 1/2-game worse than the Miami Marlins (32-58) in the race to the bottom of the National League.

In the American League, the Chicago White Sox know no peer for sucking as they currently sit at 26-67 to rest a comfortable 32 games behind the Guardians in the Central division.

Only 6 games took place on Monday with Atlanta winning 5-4 at Arizona to start a 4-game series, while the Texas Rangers prevailed 9-4 at the Los Angeles Angels, and the Minnesota Twins took down the Chicago White Sox 8-6. Also, the Cincinnati Reds blanked the Rockies 6-0, the Cardinals won 6-0 at the Washington Nationals, and the Detroit Tigers got a 6,.1-inning three-hitter out of Keider Montero on a 1-0 home win over Cleveland.