• The Chases Of 1997, 2005 & 2007

    Posted by on August 20th, 2007 · Comments (1)

    The 2007 Yankees, at this date, are 70-54 and 4 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. East. Looking at this, I wondered how many times since 1990 have the Yankees not been in first place at this date? Here’s the answer:

    Year – Yankees Record (around this time) – Games Back of First
    2005 – 69-55 – 3.5 (Boston)
    1997 – 74-50 – 5.5 (Baltimore)
    1995 – 53-51 – 10.5 (Boston)
    1992 – 55-67 – 15.0 (Toronto)
    1991 – 56-68 – 12.5 (Toronto)
    1990 – 52-72 – 15.0 (Boston)

    Therefore, in the past 18 years, 2007 (for the Yankees) is the most like 2005 and 1997 (in terms of the race for the A.L. East).

    It will be interesting to see how the 2007 team responds to this chase. There are a dozen players on the 2007 Yankees who were around in 2005:

    Alex Rodriguez
    Andy Phillips
    Chien-Ming Wang
    Derek Jeter
    Hideki Matsui
    Jason Giambi
    Jorge Posada
    Mariano Rivera
    Melky Cabrera
    Mike Mussina
    Robinson Cano
    Sean Henn

    If you want to go back to 1997, only Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera remain with the team today.

    In some ways, 1997, 2005, and 2007 are three different chases – and three different classes as well.

    Comments on The Chases Of 1997, 2005 & 2007

    1. August 20th, 2007 | 5:51 pm

      Thanks to “the weekend” last August, I have complete faith that today’s 4-game deficit is surmountable. The Yankees don’t even need a miracle like that great sweep of 5 games in four days to catch the Red Sox. Winning the AL east is very doable; winning the Wild Card even more so.

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