The Yankees have been winning of late, going 7-5 over their last 12 games, but they've accumulated that record beating up on the worst of the worst, going 5-1 against the Orioles and Astros. During that same 12 game stretch they've gone 2-4 against the Blue Jays and Phillies, the two winning teams they've faced.
The Yankees' total schedule so far this season looks like this:
Against teams with losing records the Yankees are a stunning 20-5 (way to take care of business). Against teams with winning records, however, the Bombers are just a hair above .500, playing to a 21-20 record. Weighting the Yankees' schedule to the strength of its opposition (the team has played Baltimore 12 times already!), they've has faced an opposition with a .488 winning percentage.
Here's what Boston has done so far:
Finally, Tampa has compiled this record so far this season:
Games count the same regardless if they're played against Baltimore or Tampa, but it's clear that the Yankees have been the least even of these three. Down the road the team won't get to play Baltimore twice as much as the Rays do (although that would be nice). If the Yankees can't begin beating good teams again, the way they were at the start of the year, there may be a correction against their favor once the schedule tightens up.
There's a lot of baseball left, and the AL East has become a three-team race. It's becoming important for the Yankees to demonstrate that they can beat good opponents as well as bad ones. Trouncing the Mets tonight is a great way to start.