AL East is the most competitive division this 2014. Games by difference averages ~5 games while Central and West divisions are seven and ten games each, on average. Best team in the AL is Oakland with 0.622. Yankees are one notch below median, that means they are #8 in a fifteen teams list. So far more than 80 games have been played. Yankees equivalent in the NL are the Pittsburgh; even the Pirates have a 0.512 avg while Yankees 0.506.
If the WS would be today it would be between Oakland & Milwaukee.
I hope NYY take advantage for at least go via wild card. Cannot be less for #2 departure.