• The Magic Number

    Posted by on August 27th, 2007 · Comments (8)

    The Yankees Magic Number is now 31. According to RIOT Baseball Races, this “is the minimum number of games that this team must win in order to remain in contention for a playoff spot. (This could be either first place in the division or the wild card berth.)”

    So, if the Yankees win 31 of their last 32 games, they’re in the play-offs! (Yeah, I’m saying this all in jest.)

    And, OK, sure, yes, there’s the “combo” factor – losses by Seattle (or maybe the Angels) count against that number as well, to drive it down.

    So, maybe the real numbers to watch are 24 and 30? The former is the Red Sox’ magic number and the latter is the Mariners’ Wildcard magic number. Once those two hit zero, it won’t matter what the Yankees do next.

    There’s a chance that Boston could clinch the A.L. East when the Yankees are in Fenway Park on September 14-16. How painful would that be? It will be worse than Opening Day 2005 at Fenway, at least to me. Then again, as the Yankees watch that, if it happens, they have no one to blame but themselves.

    Comments on The Magic Number

    1. August 27th, 2007 | 3:15 pm

      It would hurt to have the Red Sox clinch the division while playing the Yankees at Fenway, but not as bad as having the Red Sox clinch in the Bronx.

      I was at Fenway Park when the Yankees clinched the division in the glorious season of 1998. It was the ridiculously early date of September 9, and the Yankees won 7-5 after El Duque blew an early 5-0 lead. The rivalry wasn’t as hot then as it’s been in the last five years or so, but still there were a lot of Red Sox fans around who did not enjoy watching the Yankees clinch in their house.

    2. August 27th, 2007 | 3:19 pm

      Good point.

    3. ynks4life
      August 27th, 2007 | 6:40 pm

      Gut check time Steve.

      Plain and simple. Yes or No answer.
      Are the Yankees making the playoffs ?

    4. August 27th, 2007 | 8:44 pm

      ~~~Are the Yankees making the playoffs ?~~~

      No.

    5. ynks4life
      August 28th, 2007 | 12:32 am

      I apreciate your honesty Steve. I hope to God you’re wrong.

    6. August 28th, 2007 | 8:31 am

      I hope that I’m wrong too.

      But, based on the way this team has handled the past week, I’m not seeing them fighting for their lives over the next month.

      Maybe they get in if the M’s tank?

    7. August 28th, 2007 | 8:59 am

      Steve’s “gut check” response makes me sad but I tend to agree with him. There’s a part of me that even hopes he’s right – the way they’ve played against Los Anaheim and Detroit, even if they make the playoffs they’re headed for another painful first round spanking anyhow.

    8. August 28th, 2007 | 12:38 pm

      “Los Anaheim”

      LOL.

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