The New York Yankees were the prohibitive American League favorites when the 2020 MLB season was supposed to start in March. It’s still the case now that the team will be playing a 60-game season, though New York’s path to the World Series looks a lot different.

With so few games on the schedule, the Yankees will only face nine different opponents in the two-month regular season. New York is scheduled to play 40 games against the AL East and 20 games against the NL East.

The Yankees are expected to play the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles 10 times each. That leaves four matchups each with the New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.

The only way the Yankees will play a team from the AL Central or AL West is if they meet in the playoffs. New York swept the Minnesota Twins in the 2019 ALDS and lost to the Houston Astros in six games in the ALCS.

Thirty percent of the Yankees’ schedule will feature a playoff opponent. Tampa Bay went 96-66 last year and took Houston to five games in the ALDS. Atlanta won its second straight NL East championship. Washington is the reigning World Series champion.

Boston isn’t expected to be the contender it has been in recent years after trading Mookie Betts and David Price. The Red Sox went 84-78 a season ago.

The Yankees will play 40% of their schedule against three teams that won fewer than 68 games last year. The Orioles and Marlins both lost at least 105 games in 2019.

New York went 103-59 last season, winning at least 100 games for the second consecutive year. The Yankees added Gerrit Cole in the offseason, the biggest addition of the winter.

The MLB season is scheduled to start on July 23 or July 24 and conclude on Sept. 27.

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Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Rich Schultz/Getty Images