The Yankees and Rays are still tied for first place in their division. The American League East title will be decided on Sunday, and either team can move into the 2010 MLB playoff schedule with a division win. Coming into Saturday’s games, the New York Yankees had a half game lead in the American League East, and at the end of the day, things were tied up with just one game to go for each team. The Yankees ended up splitting a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, while the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals to move into a tie with the Yankees.
Now both teams have one more game against their current opponents, with everything on the line when it comes to the 2010 American League playoff seeding. The winner of the division is likely to get the No. 1 seed in the American League Playoffs, while the losing team will drop into the Wild Card slot and play the team with the second best regular season record. What does that mean? The winner will most likely play against Texas in the first round of the playoffs, and the second place team will go up against the Minnesota Twins. Either way it is going to set up some interesting first round match-ups here.
If the Yankees and Rays have the same result on Sunday and remain tied for the American League East title, the first tie-breaker goes to the New York Yankees. The Yankees won the head-to-head series this year (10-8), and would thus be given the nod when it comes down to the playoff seedings. Both of these teams are into the playoffs though, so the only thing left to decide are bragging rights and the potential home field advantage if both teams were to meet up in the second round of the American League Playoffs. Pitching on Sunday will be Wade Davis for the Rays and Dustin Moseley for the Yankees, so it would seem the edge goes to Tampa Bay.
It’s really cool to have something undecided in baseball heading down to the final days of the season, and it makes things much more interesting as everything winds down. Hopefully Sunday’s games end up exciting, with things left undecided until the late innings just to prop up the drama even further. This Yankees vs. Rays battle is secondary in the National League though, as they don’t know who is going to win the National League West or the National League Wild Card at this point. The San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Atlanta Braves are all still alive over there.