• When The Going Gets Tough, Yanks Go In Their Pants?

    Posted by on May 29th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    According to this report over at SOTD, when the Yankees – over the last 5 years prior to this season – face a strong opponent, they have not been able to win as often as they lose. And, if you believe in Pythagorean Winning Percentage, the Yankees have actually under-performed in these situations – posting a W% of .395 compared to a pythW-L% of .454 (in the 38 games where they faced a strong team).

    Now, sure, some will say “When you play a team with a winning percentage of .600 or better, you’re not going to do well.”

    O.K., sure, but…then…

    …explain why the Yankees have a W% of .395 (from 2004 through 2008) in these spots whereas the Angels have a W% of .536, the Red Sox have a W% of .447, the Twins have a W% of .421, the White Sox have a W% of .448? Should not the Yankees, with all their stars, be able to at least play .400 in these situations?

    After all, a team with a winning percentage of .600 is going to lose 40% of the time, anyway, right? How could the Yankees then not be able to crack a W% of 40% in these spots? It will be interesting, at the end of the season, to see how the 2009 Yankees do in this situation.

    Comments on When The Going Gets Tough, Yanks Go In Their Pants?

    1. MJ
      May 29th, 2009 | 9:23 pm

      It’s A-Rod’s fault. There’s no other explanation.

      /end sarcasm

    2. Evan3457
      May 30th, 2009 | 12:07 am

      Maybe Joe Torre was a genius, after all.

    3. MJ
      May 30th, 2009 | 7:20 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Maybe Joe Torre was a genius, after all.

      But Steve’s survey of the past five years would include the Torre years…

    4. July 13th, 2009 | 4:24 am

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