For the first time since 2019, the New York Yankees are champions of the American League East division.
A 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night was enough for them to finish the job.
It was their 95th win of the season, and with it, the Yankees clinched home-field advantage through the ALDS.
The Houston Astros have secured the top seed in the AL, but the Yankees are now lucky enough to have clinched a first-round bye and a trip to the ALDS, where they’ll await their opponent, either the Cleveland Guardians or whoever wins the third AL Wild Card.
— MLB (@MLB) September 28, 2022
Yanks Are AL East Champs
The Yankees were a Wild Card entry last season, finishing the regular season at 92-70 before falling to the Boston Red Sox in the single elimination Wild Card Game.
This year, they busted out of the gates red-hot and took command of the AL East.
It wasn’t pretty at times though.
When August came around, the Yanks began to slide a little bit, and by September, what had once been a 15.5-game lead had shrunk all the way down to 4.5 games.
But these Yankees remained confident and resilient, and at the end of the day, it’s the Bronx Bombers who stand alone at the top of the AL East.
The Yankees still have a chance to play a little spoiler on the Blue Jays and delay their postseason celebration.
One night after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. signaled to the Yankees dugout that Rogers Centre was “his house”, the Yankees clinched the AL East in Guerrero’s house.
There are eight games to go in the regular season for the Yankees, who still have a chance to reach 100 wins.