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Entering Final Month, Yanks Try To Fend Off Jays For AL East Crown

The New York Yankees are coming off a sweep of the downtrodden Atlanta Braves this past weekend and the good times just continue to roll for the Bronx Bombers. At 72-57, the Yanks are second in the AL East, while having a grasp on one of the two Wild Card spots in the American League, which would ensure they return to the postseason for the first time since 2012. At the same time, they’d rather catch up to the surging Toronto Blue Jays, who currently reside in first in the division, as to avoid the Wild Card Play-In Game. If they are to accomplish just that, they will have to take advantage of a weak September schedule.

Due to their immense popularity and the importance of these games in the final month of the season, New York Yankees tickets are averaging $109.67 the rest of the way. In September, the Yanks will play 27 games, the majority against their division rivals, and will face their toughest stretch in the middle of the month when matched up against the Blue Jays and New York Mets over a six-game stretch from September 18-23. As always, while tickets to see a Yankee game can get up there in price, fans at least have a wonderful opportunity to save on their Yankee Stadium parking with, which has spots starting as low as $10 for most games throughout the month.

In all, the Yankees have seven games in September opposing the rival Blue Jays, most of which they’ll need to win if they want to capture the division crown. From September 10-13, Toronto will invade Yankee Stadium for a huge four-game set, looking to keep up their own winning ways. Ever since acquiring Troy Tulowitzki and David Price around the trade deadline, the Jays have been the hottest team in the American League and look like a legitimate contender to win it all. Tickets for this series are surprisingly right around the average for the month, being $109.38, though that could change as we get closer to those games. Additionally, the get-in prices for all four games range from $12-$18, making it an absolute steal. In terms of giveaways, that series will highlighted by the September 10 tilt, when it will be Babe Ruth Bobblehead Night at the stadium.

Only about a week later, the Yankees will travel to Rogers Centre in Toronto for their final confrontation with the Blue Jays this season. That series will consist of three games, and tickets on the secondary market are currently averaging a whopping $245.54, according to SeatSmart. In fact, this series is so big that they currently rank as the most expensive Blue Jays tickets left this year, and that should be expected, as this trio of games might be what propels the eventual AL East winner. Furthermore, considering Toronto owns baseball’s longest playoff drought, having not made the postseason since 1993, it’s understandable that all baseball fans north of the border are starting to get extra amped for the stretch run, with their team in its best position in decades.

If there was ever a year for the Yankees to return to the postseason with a real shot at their 28th championship in franchise history, this would be the year.

Mark Teixeira has bounced back in a big way to put up nice numbers on offense. Alex Rodriguez, despite slowing down recently, was pretty much the face of the Yankees for the first half of this season with his own renaissance season. The starting pitching has held up admirably despite a slew of injuries, and the bullpen has a pair of absolutely electric arms shutting down games like the great Mariano Rivera used to. The explosive offense the Yanks have at their disposal gives them a real shot to overpower anybody on any given night, and it’s Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller serving as the one-two punch that will close out their wins with certainty. Now that the final month is here, it’s time to find out which team — the Yankees or Blue Jays — will reign supreme in the AL East.

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