• Wild Thought: Boiled Down, Are Yanks Medicore This Season?

    Posted by on May 27th, 2009 · Comments (61)

    The Yankees 2009 season is 28.4% in the books as of last night. This means, in about another week, this season will be one-third done.

    As of this morning, the Yankees are in second place in the A.L. East – one game back of the Boston Red Sox. That’s the good news.

    Overall, the Yankees record is now 26-20. They are 6 games over the .500 mark.

    However, to date, the Yankees are 6-3 against the lowly Baltimore Orioles this year. And, the Yankees recently took a four-game series from the Twins – where the Yankees were very lucky, out-scoring the Twins by five runs, overall, in those four contests.

    When you take these layup games against the O’s out of the picture, and subtract those four lucky wins against the Twinkies, the Yankees are 16-17. This is one game below the .500 mark.

    This leads to today’s wild thought: Is the Yankees current place in the A.L. East standings misleading in terms of capturing their performance this season, so far? Has New York, sans some favorable match-ups and a few lucky games, been more of a mediocre performer this season? What do you think?

    Comments on Wild Thought: Boiled Down, Are Yanks Medicore This Season?

    1. May 27th, 2009 | 8:47 pm

      Pat F wrote:

      MY point was that this is a totally fruitless exercise. the team is 26-20 and that’s it. there are wins and there are losses. nothing else.

      Pat – thanks for your opinion. It’s different from mine. And, it doesn’t bring cause for my to change mine. But, thank you for sharing it. I think it’s great that you feel my opinion is “fruitless” and yet you continue to read it, day after day. I truly appreciate your interest in this site.

    2. May 27th, 2009 | 9:10 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Steve Lombardi wrote:
      Bill James actually did a feature on this called “Wipeout” – where James studies pitchers who have gone from a “Cy Young Award” type season to bombing out the next year. It’s a long list. It happens more than you suspect.
      Care to share a few names? How many names are on the list overall?

      Wait a minute, Steve… don’t you own and haven’t you reviewed the book that talks about “Wipeout”?

      http://waswatching.com/2009/04/05/the-bill-james-gold-mine-2009/

      ““Wipeout” – where James studies pitchers who have gone from a “Cy Young Award” type season to bombing out the next year.”

      Shouldn’t you know already who’s on the list and how many names are on the list overall? 😉

    3. BOHAN
      May 27th, 2009 | 9:34 pm

      they play the games for a reason…. theres no math or calculation or strength of schedule in baseball… u have to go out there and win if u win those games then u deserve to be called a good team…. the yankees are playin well now and in my opinion are where they should be considering they havent had their 3 pitcher (wang) main reliever tog et to mo (bruney) their catcher (posada) and arguably the best player in the game (arod) considering most of the season these guys have been either hurt or ineffective id say theyre playin pretty damn good

    4. BOHAN
      May 27th, 2009 | 9:36 pm

      o and bill james is a moron…. math doesnt win ballgames or championships its won out in the field…. anyone can beat anyone on any given day… this y its the greatest game on earth

    5. May 27th, 2009 | 9:36 pm

      brent.nycz wrote:

      Wait a minute, Steve… don’t you own and haven’t you reviewed the book that talks about “Wipeout”? Shouldn’t you know already who’s on the list and how many names are on the list overall?

      Do I look like the NYPL? 😉

    6. May 27th, 2009 | 10:14 pm

      BOHAN wrote:

      o and bill james is a moron…. math doesnt win ballgames or championships its won out in the field…. anyone can beat anyone on any given day… this y its the greatest game on earth

      Tell that to Theo Epstein, I don’t think he got the message.

    7. Evan3457
      May 27th, 2009 | 11:43 pm

      Yanks no longer a “medicore” 2nd place team.

      Yanks now a “medicore” 1st place team. 🙂

    8. May 27th, 2009 | 11:57 pm

      Dude, tied for 1st, no?

    9. Total Blam
      May 28th, 2009 | 12:54 pm

      Dude, you are such a killjoy! Are these headines coming later?

      “Was Burnett Mediocre because he only pitched 6 shutout innings?”

      “Matsui Slump Continues, as he only goes long twice in one night”

      And if the Yankees win the World Series in 5 games, I’m guessing your next-day post will be “Are Yanks Mediocre because they didn’t sweep the series?”

      Walk off wins count the same as 9-2 blowouts. That’s the reason why the Rays made it last year: you play like every day counts, and those close wins can make the difference between a -90 win season and a 90+ win season.

      First place in spite of many injuries and a bullpen that can’t find its way, a third of the way through the season.

    10. handtius
      May 28th, 2009 | 6:53 pm

      “Uh…help me out there. If they were scoring 5.6 R/G before his return and they’re scoing 5.5 R/G since his return, how exactly does BAwRISP matter? At the end of the day, it’s still the same amoung of runs.”

      Actually, I think it does. when a team goes from hitting 230 to 340 when one player returns, that is rather significant, wouldn’t you say? I’m not saying that is the reason they started winning, the pitching obviously is, but Alex definitely has had a major impact returning.

    11. June 18th, 2009 | 11:09 pm

      […] for the record, at this blog, on May 27th, one week after the Yankees finished that 11-2 run, I wrote: As of this morning, the Yankees are in second place in the A.L. East – one game back of the […]

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