Should Yankees Prioritize Wild Card Over Winning Division?

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Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out Monday night against the Mets. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Yankees are having a great season. They're 74-and-34--the second-best record in baseball. Problem is, they still sit 10 games behind the MLB-leading Red Sox after last night's 8-5 loss to the Mets.

It was a painful one for Neil Walker's group.

"From that first inning, we were just kinda playing uphill, and every time we crept back, they kept pushing the envelope," Walker said. "They obviously did a really nice job, hit five-plus homers in a game. That's doing some damage offensively."

The Red Sox recently swept the Yanks in four and they only have six meetings left--all in the last two weeks of the regular season. Boston's 17-5 since the All-Star break. It's fair to think, barring a collapse like 2011 or 1978, the division race is over. 

New York might be best served to wave the white flag and rest its injured stars the next couple months--like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Aroldis Chapman, or CC Sabathia, or the struggling Luis Severino--and plan on the Wild Card game but, at winner-take-all in one game, that's obviously a heck of a gamble. Especially with Oakland and Seattle close in the rearview mirror.

Currently, more than half the Bombers' remaining games are against teams with losing records. That's considered one of the easiest schedules in the sport.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

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