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Game 158: Bo ends our fun

*Sigh* I guess you can’t win them all. The Yankees mounted a valiant comeback but the Bichette-led Jays ended up winning this one 6-5. Boston also won their game against the O’s so the Wild Card home advantage lead is now 1 game over the Red Sox, and two over the Jays.

To the takeaways:

Game 157: Judge and Stanton. Name a better duo, I’ll wait

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The Yankees’ magic number is down to three. Tonight’s 7-2 win over Toronto and Boston’s 4-2 loss to Baltimore (!!) has put the Bombers in prime position to snag one of the two Wild Card spots with five games to play. They’re now up two on Boston for the top spot and have a three game cushion (pending the Mariners game tonight) overall.

Tonight’s game got off to an inauspicious start, but thankfully, ended comfortably in the Yanks’ favor. Toronto grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first and Jameson Taillon reinjured his ankle and left after three innings, but it didn’t matter. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton drove in five of the team’s seven runs scored, with Stanton’s three-run homer in the seventh representing the knockout blow.

More on this game in the takeaways after the jump:

Game 156: Sweep, sweep victory

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The Yankees really, really tried to give this one away, but a late-inning rally headlined by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton led the Bombers to a 6-3 win and a dramatic sweep of the Boston Red Sox.  This weekend was everything it needed to be, and the Yankees are now a full game up on the top wild card spot going into another big series against the Toronto Blue Jays.  To the takeaways:

Game 155: Stanton’s monster grand slam tops Red Sox

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What a freaking game. It took just one swing — Giancarlo Stanton’s mammoth grand slam in the eighth — to wipe out all of the frustrations from earlier in this one. From getting shut down by Nick Pivetta to another failed contact play to another double play, the offense was awfully quiet after yesterday’s outburst. Stanton changed that in a heartbeat and the Yankees won a thriller, 5-3. There’s still one more to play in Boston tomorrow, and here are the Wild Card standings at this very moment:

As such, tomorrow will be the biggest game of the season (yet again). Finish the sweep and go to Toronto atop the Wild Card standings (Boston holds the tiebreaker). Is that too much to ask?

While Stanton is the hero tonight, the pitching staff did another brilliant job. Nestor Cortes did his thing and the bullpen, highlighted by Luis Severino’s second appearance of the year, kept the game within reach. More on Stanton, Severino, and others in the takeaways after the jump.

Game 154: Stanton and Cole lead Yanks to biggest win of year so far

That might be the best Yankees-Red Sox win probability graph I’ve seen. In the most important series of the year, the Yankees showed up to take game one with a commanding 8-3 victory behind a huge game from Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole. He said pressure is a privilege, and he came through tonight with that pressure. The Yankees have won 4 in a row and are now just a game back of the Sox for the first Wild Card spot. To the takeaways:

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