The Rays did one thing the previous two seasons that the Aaron Boone Yankees have by no means accomplished, and the Joe Girardi Yankees did simply as soon as, a decade in the past (2011-12).
The final time the Yankees received the AL East in consecutive seasons was the 12 months Mariano Rivera tore up his knee early, Derek Jeter fractured his ankle late and Girardi had Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez within the ninth inning of Recreation 3 within the American League Division Sequence towards Buck Showalter’s Orioles – and Ibanez homered to tie the rating.
So it has been awhile. And there may be nothing the Yankees can do about this absence on their dance card. In 2022, they’ll solely win the AL East as soon as in a row.
One motive the Rays have received the previous two division titles is that they went a mixed 19-10 towards the Yankees. They performed a David vs. Goliath model heavy on exploiting weaknesses that unnerved the Yankees.