The 2012 MLB standings have the New York Yankees making a run up the American League East. Despite a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night (June 7), the Yankees have climbed to within one game of the division leading Baltimore Orioles.
Coming into June 7, the Yankees had won seven of their last 10 games, including series wins against the Detroit Tigers and Rays. Combine that with the recent struggles of the Baltimore Orioles, who have lost seven of their last 10 games, and suddenly the Yankees are threatening to take back control of the division. If the team had been able to beat the Rays in Game 3 of the series, they would be tied for first place in the East.
Whether the Yankees can take the lead in the AL East may come down to how well the team does during interleague play. The next 15 games for the Yankees come against teams from the National League East, including six against the rival New York Mets and six more against the Atlanta Braves. Toss in a three-game road trip to play the Washington Nationals and it appears to be a tough month ahead for the Yankees.
In a season where the Boston Red Sox have been hobbled by injuries, the Yankees have to work hard at pulling away from the pack before the Red Sox get healthy again. When players like Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Cody Ross get closer to returning, life will only get more difficult for the Yankees.
Do you think that the New York Yankees will easily run away with the 2012 American League East title? Which team in the East poses the biggest threat within the 2012 MLB standings?
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