• Who Cost The Yankees A Post-Season Berth?

    Posted by on September 29th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    In the end, the Yankees finished 6 games behind the Boston Red Sox this season – and six games back from being the A.L. Wildcard team.

    On the season, the Yankees went 51-46 when playing “winning teams” (meaning they had a winning percentage >=.500) and 38-27 when playing “losing teams” (meaning they had a winning percentage <.500). It was New York's play against "losing teams" that hurt them in the standings this year - as Boston went 46-18 against "losing teams" and Tampa Bay went 42-19 against "losing teams." The difference here between New York, Tampa and Boston is why the Yankees finished where they did in the standings.

    In total, when the Yankees played the Reds, Pirates, Indians, Tigers, Royals, and Rangers this year, they went 15-21. And, those are ‘bad’ teams. If you want to say that those 7 games under .500 against these ‘bad’ teams is the difference between the Rays, Bosox and Yanks this season, I would not fight you on it.

    In particular, from June 6, 2008 through July 10, 2008, the Yankees lost six games to the Royals, Reds, Rangers and Pirates that they should have never lost. Here are the games – and the player on the Yankees who probably had the biggest hand in that loss:

    June 6th vs. The Royals – Goat: Johnny Damon

    June 9th vs. The Royals – Goat: Melky Cabrera

    June 20th vs. The Reds – Goat: Jason Giambi

    June 30th vs. The Rangers – Goat: Jorge Posada

    July 1st vs. The Rangers – Goat: Melky Cabrera

    July 10th at The Pirates – Goat: Alex Rodriguez

    Damon…Melky…Giambi…Posada…and A-Rod. Hey, what can you say? It was a team effort, right?

    Comments on Who Cost The Yankees A Post-Season Berth?

    1. MJ
      September 29th, 2008 | 12:43 pm

      Over the course of 162 games, losing to “bad” teams will happen to everyone. I’m sure there were six games against “good” teams that the Yanks got lucky to win, so it evens itself out.

    2. September 29th, 2008 | 3:20 pm

      I’m an O’Neill guy. Those bloop hits never make up for the liners caught.

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