The Yankees will make the playoffs this year. Take it to the bank. Okay, maybe better to stuff it under the mattress. I will admit that our Yanks are no great shakes. The bottom of the lineup is anemic, everyone’s aging, the back half of the pitching staff is suspect. So be it. Look at the WC standings.Minnesota, Detroit, and Oakland are behind us, and for all of our problems, there’s no reason to think any of those teams are in better shape. So the Yanks should be able to hold them off. What’s ahead? Boston and Tampa. Realistically, Boston looks like the division winner. Tampa? They’re skidding, only 3 up in the loss column, and their run differential (+40) is already worse than the Yanks’s (+50). Both teams have talent floating around in the minors/DL that could help down the stretch. But the Yanks are better equiped, at least financially, to go out and make a deadline deal to improve. So, yes, you heard it here first. The Stadium will live for October baseball. But what happens then, well, it might not be pretty. Or maybe it will be. One last title for the House of Ruth? Just could be.