So far, this season, here’s the Yankees won-loss record broken down by what the score of the game was at the start of the 5th inning:
When ahead, they went on to win 8 of 9 games.
When it was tied, they went on to win 3 of 4 games.
When they were behind, they went on to lose 10 of 11 games.
That last one is some stat, huh? In games, so far, this season, when the Yankees were losing after four innings, they’ve gone on to lose the game 91% of the time.
The problem here is interesting – and the issue is actually the 3rd and 5th innings of games. So far, this season, it’s been the 3rd and 5th innings where the Yankees have allowed their most runs. This is the reason for that 1-10 mark. The 3rd inning puts them behind and then the 5th inning finishes them off. So, it’s not really an issue of the Yankees bats not coming back late – more so, it’s a matter of the starting pitchers letting the game get out of hand early and then really sealing the defeat two innings later.