Do you believe in miracles?
Thanks to a Red Sox three game sweep over the Mariners and the Yankees losing two of three in a series against the Rays, the Boston Red Sox sit six games back of the wild-card behind the Yankees with six games to go.
Mathematically, the Red Sox are still alive for a post-season spot, which is still a position I think few saw at this point in the season. Thanks to some Yankees struggles, however, the Red Sox sit in a position to potentially pull a reverse 1978 and sneak into the post-season thanks to six remaining games with New York. So how good are the chances for the Sox to get into the post-season? ESPN Boston did the math, and it still looks bleak. Even if the Boston Red Sox were to sweep every game with the Yankees, New York would just have to split their remaining games to get into the post-season.
Here’s the breakdown if you’re too lazy to click on the link:
If Yankees go 11-5, they clinch a playoff spot, regardless of what the Sox do.
If Yankees go 10-6, Sox must go 16-0 to tie.
If Yankees go 9-7, Sox must go 15-1 to tie.
If Yankees go 8-8, Sox must go 14-2 to tie.
If Yankees go 7-9, Sox must go 13-3 to tie.
If Yankees go 6-10, Sox must go 12-4 to tie.
If Yankees go 5-11, Sox must go 11-5 to tie.
If Yankees go 4-12, Sox must go 10-6 to tie.
Are the chances good? Anything but. Is it enough of a hope to suck be back in for the final two weeks? You bet it is.