Trying to feast on the Jays

July, 25, 2014
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NEW YORK -- These are the weekends that will decide how the Yankees' season will end.

Despite all their mediocrity, they are still right in the middle of the division and wild-card chase. Of their 61 remaining games, 37 are in the division. These games almost count twice because every time you put a notch in your belt your rival doesn't.

So the Yankees face the Blue Jays for three big ones at the Stadium this weekend. They have owned the Jays for awhile now. If they win on Friday, it will be 17 in a row in the Bronx.

If the Yankees were to sweep the Jays this weekend, their 19 in a row would match the franchise's home streak over Cleveland from 1960-to-1962, according to Elias.

The Yankees and Blue Jays are the ones closest behind the first-place Orioles, but the team to watch out for is the Rays. They have won seven straight and look more and more likely to keep ace David Price.

Of the Rays' 60 remaining games, 24 are against the teams in front of them (O's, Yanks & Jays), so they can do their own damage. They are just 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees and the Blue Jays.

So these intra-division games have added importance. For the Yankees, that means taking at least two of three this weekend.

Pitching matchups: Friday, Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88) vs. Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86). Saturday, Shane Greene (2-1, 2.79) vs. Drew Hutchinson (6-9, 4.54). Sunday, Chase Whitley (4-3, 4.60) vs. J.A> Happ (8-5, 4.55).
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146