Just when the door appeared to be closing on the 2016 New York Yankees season, the Bronx Bombers pulled off an improbable ninth-inning comeback against the American League-leading Texas Rangers. The Yankees scored six runs in a matter of minutes to take a 9-7 victory. Alex Rodriguez was quick to call it the team's biggest win of what has been a disappointing first half of the season.
The team has a 38-39 record and sits nine games behind the Eastern Division-leading Baltimore Orioles. Earlier this month, a number of New York newspapers suggested that the team should trade its best hitter, Carlos Beltran, for young players who could help the team in future seasons.
July will be a key month if the team is to make a serious run at a playoff spot. The Yankees will have an extended road trip through San Diego, Chicago and Cleveland before the All-Star Break. In the month's only home stand, New York will play the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. If the season ended today, all three teams would be in the postseason.
Fans who want to see the games can purchase Yankees tickets at relatively cheap prices.
Demand for tickets to the three games against the arch-rival Red Sox from July 15-17 has been strong. Prices for these games start at $30 apiece and are the month's highest. The Red Sox are in a wildcard playoff position, 5.5 games behind the Orioles. They feature future Hall of Famer and Yankee-tormentor David Ortiz, who announced that he would retire at season's end.
The Yankees host the Orioles for four games immediately following. That series will offer July's lowest ticket prices. In conjunction with the Yankees' MasterCard Half-Price Game, a July 21 meeting between the two teams has tickets available starting from just $9. Cap Night giveaways should spur many fans to see two other Orioles games.
The Giants come to the Bronx for a three-game set July 22-24. San Francisco, which has won two of the last four World Series under wily manager Bruce Bochy, own a six-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the N.L. West. The team's pitching led by Madison Bumgarner has led the way. Bumgarner has won 18 games the past two seasons and has a miniscule 1.99 ERA. Tickets start at $17.
The Yankees will hold a Camouflage Baseball Cap Day on July 23, where the first 18,000 fans 21 and older will receive a commemorative hat in recognition of Military Appreciation Day.
To be sure, New York doesn't have much margin for error in the next few weeks. If it can't post a winning record in July, or unless teams ahead of the Yankees fail, then New York is unlikely to earn a playoff spot. Regardless, there are few better locations to watch a game than Yankee Stadium.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held TK positions in the stocks mentioned.