The New York Yankees are the latest to take the reins atop the wild American League East this season, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that a series victory against the Toronto Blue Jays is guaranteed when the two clubs meet this weekend. Though the MLB odds point to the Bronx Bombers, the AL East is far from predictable.
Simply put, while it’s New York sitting pretty in the closely contested standings today, it may not be tomorrow. That’s why with just +250 odds of winning the AL East, the Yankees sit a mere hair ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (+275) and Boston Red Sox (+275).
In an effort to continue pushing forward, the Yankees will need to bring out all the stops against a Jays team once considered favorites to win the division – and they’ll do so with former Toronto sluggers Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay hitting in the fourth and fifth spots in the lineup.
Just how the Yankees have 14/1 odds of winning the World Series then, while the Jays sit dead-last in the division and well below .500, is a testament to the wild, wild east.