By C. Trent Rosecrans
OK, so the Yankees and Red Sox are both going to make the playoffs -- but the pennant chase in 2011 has slim pickings, so we're going to look at this race to start the playoffs at home against Justin Verlander and the Tigers.New York Yankees
20 games remaining: 8 home, 12 road
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .503
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 73.3 percent
Coolstandings.com expectancy of playoff berth: 99.7 percent
Boston Red Sox
Record: 85-58, 2.5 games behind New York
19 games remaining: 10 home, 9 road
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .516
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 26.6 percent
Coolstandings.com expectancy of playoff berth: 98 percent
Tampa Bay Rays
Record: 78-64, 9 games behind New York, 6.5 games behind the Red Sox in the Wild Card race
20 games remaining: 9 home, 11 road
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .527
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 0.1 percent
Coolstandings.com expectancy of playoff berth: 2 percent
At this point of the season, a push is a win for the leaders, and in this case it's the Yankees, who remain 2.5 games up on the Red Sox.
New York and Boston both lost on Thursday, with the Yankees dropping a make-up game in Baltimore before heading out west to face the Angels and Mariners, while Boston heads to Tampa Bay for the first of seven more games against the Rays.
Not only do the Rays have a a full week's worth of games remaining against the Red Sox, they also have seven games remaining against the Yankees -- including a doubleheader on Sept. 21 and three games at Tropicana Field to end the season. Even if Tampa Bay doesn't make the playoffs -- and let's be honest, the chances are slim it will -- the Rays will have a say in which team wins the division and which team is off to Texas to start the playoffs against the Rangers.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.