Aroldis Chapman. (Photo: Getty Images)

Things aren't looking so peachy in the Bronx after the New York Yankees were swept in a four-game series by the Boston Red Sox. Now sitting 9.5 games back in the American League East, the Yankees might have to relegate their postseason hopes to a Wild Card berth as fans all over social media are woefully complaining about how bad their team is.

Entering Monday night, the Yankees still had the third-best record in all of baseball. 

And there is another MLB franchise in New York that is actually bad. So some of these spoiled Yankees fans need to count their blessings. 

But it is understandable as to why there are some nervy demeanors hovering around 161st street. 


Entering the series against the Red Sox last week, the Yankees held a six-game lead for the first AL Wild Card spot on Aug. 1 over the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. 

While the Mariners have faltered a bit, the Athletics are the hottest team in the majors with six-straight wins. They sit just one game behind the Yankees in the win column and 2.5 games back in the standings.

Seattle is just 2.5 games behind Oakland for a spot in the one-game playoff, which makes New York's standing as comfortable playoff participants far less sturdy. 

With the remaining question marks surrounding the Yankees roster, doubts might not subside either. 

Starting pitching remains a huge question mark even after the acquisitions of J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn. Happ is on the disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease, withholding him from providing any kind of support for the struggling Luis Severino and inconsistent Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia. 

Aroldis Chapman's meltdown against the Red Sox on Sunday in which he blew a three-run lead in the ninth could have some calling his role as closer into question. The flamethrowing lefty is averaging 4.7 walks per nine innings, not a good number for a man tasked to shut down the opposition in the final inning. 

With Aaron Judge recovering from a wrist injury and Gary Sanchez's heinous season put on hold for a quick trip to the disabled list as well, New York's offense has looked pedestrian at times. In the last three games against the Red Sox, New York scored a combined six runs. 

Luckily for the Bronx Bombers, their schedule might bail them out of any real danger. 

Of the 30 MLB franchises, the Yankees have the second-easiest remaining schedule as their opponents average a measly .465 winning percentage. With 52 games remaining that will give New York plenty of opportunities to beat up on some weaker opponents, even though it has a tendency to play down to lesser teams. 

Regardless, the next month will provide the Yankees with a golden opportunity to secure a playoff spot with plenty of time to spare. The next time the Yankees play a team with a winning record, it will be Sept. 3 when they travel to Oakland to play the Athletics in a series that could have huge ramifications on the AL Wild Card Game. 

Yankees remaining schedule

Aug. 6-8: @ White Sox, 41-70 (0-0 v. Yankees in 2018)

Aug. 9-12: vs. Rangers, 49-64 (2-1 v. Yankees in 2018)

Aug. 13: vs. Mets, 45-64 (2-3 v. Yankees in 2018)

Aug. 14-16: vs. Rays, 56-56 (6-6 v. Yankees in 2018)

Aug. 17-19: vs. Blue Jays, 51-60 (4-9 v. Yankees in 2018)

Aug. 21-22: @ Marlins, 46-67 (1-1 v. Yankees in 2018)

Aug. 24-26 (4-game series): @ Orioles, 34-78 (6-6 v. Yankees in 2018)

Aug. 27-29: vs. White Sox, 41-70 (0-0 v. Yankees in 2018)

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: vs. Tigers, 47-65 (1-2 v. Yankees in 2018)

Sept. 3-5: @ Athletics, 67-46 (1-2 v. Yankees in 2018)

Sept. 7-9: @ Mariners, 64-48 (0-3 v. Yankees in 2018)

Sept. 10-12: @ Twins, 52-58 (0-4 v. Yankees in 2018)

Sept. 14-16: vs. Blue Jays, 51-60 (4-9 v. Yankees in 2018)

Sept. 18-20: vs. Red Sox, 79-34 (8-5 v. Yankees in 2018)

Sept. 21-23: vs. Orioles, 34-78 (6-6 v. Yankees in 2018)

Sept. 24-27: @ Rays, 56-56 (6-6 v. Yankees in 2018)

Sept. 28-30: @ Red Sox, 79-34 (8-5 v. Yankees in 2018)

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