The Yankees have spent the majority of the season on top of the American League East, but a steady stream of injuries the last few months are making things difficult for New York as they look to secure a postseason berth. While winning the division seemed looked like a forgone conclusion at the All-Star break, the chances of the Yankees missing the postseason are at the very least worthy of discussion. While the entire division has been blugeoned with visits to the disabled list this season, it's New York that has recently been kicked in the gut with key losses that may impact the stretch run.
After losing the first two games of a four-game series in Detroit last week, the Yankees were scuffling, having dropped 12 of 19 since going a season-high 23 games over .500. Not only were they losing games, but players as well, having shelved Alex Rodriguez in late July and C.C. Sabathia just this past weekend. With Mariano Rivera blowing out his knee and Andy Pettite suffering a broken ankle, it is entirely possible that injuries and age are starting to take a toll on this team like never before.