• Week 9 – 2009

    Posted by on June 8th, 2009 · Comments (11)

    What stands out the most in my mind, this past week, is that the Yankees went 4-2, overall, but, in their last four games of the week they went 2-2 – with the two wins being exciting comeback wins. And, I’m not quite sure what to make of that?

    If those comebacks had not occurred, the Yankees would be sitting on a four-game losing streak now…and would be 2-4 on the week and not 4-2. But, the comebacks did happen, so, you cannot discount them.

    Can they be qualified? Were the comebacks more a matter of Yankees greatness, or, were they the result of some bad Texas pitching and some inferior Rays fielding? Or, was it a combination of Yankees talent and opponent’s shortcomings?

    To date, there have been 29 times where the Yankees started the 7th inning and they were behind in the game. And, in 5 of those 29 times, they have comeback to tie the score or take the lead. Further, there have been 26 times where the Yankees started the 8th inning and they were behind in the game. In 6 of those 26 times they have comeback to tie the score or take the lead. Lastly, there have been 21 times where the Yankees started the 9th inning and they were behind in the game. In 4 of those 21 times they have comeback to tie the score or take the lead.

    That may not seem like a lot comebacks – but it is. Generally, teams don’t come back late in ballgames. Are the Yankees the “Comeback Kids” of baseball this year – as it does seem that, every season, there’s one team who has a lot of comeback wins. (I’m saying this in the conventional wisdom way…because I don’t know if it’s true.)

    Yeah, comebacks…that’s what I’m thinking about the most…when I look at this past week in Yankeeland…and wondering if they’ll keep happening in the weeks to follow.

    Comments on Week 9 – 2009

    1. Evan3457
      June 8th, 2009 | 1:39 pm

      Re: yesterday’s comeback…

      OK, Aybar should’ve turned a 5-5-3 DP to get the Rays out of the inning, and head to the 9th with a 3-2 lead, but:

      1) The Yanks’ opponents didn’t have anyone discrediting their wins when they were aided by inferior play or hitting or pitching by Ransom, or Pena, or Molina, or Cash, or Claggett or Melancon or Robertson (the 1st time). Injuries can work for you or against you, and if you win a game because an opponent is banged up, no one takes the W off the ledger, any more than they’ll take L’s off the loss side because your team had multiple key injuries. People praise the Rays’ bench for keeping them going while their DL list is lengthy; well, this time, the bench bit them in the rear.

      2) Who’s to say the Yanks, down by 1 in the 9th, still don’t rally in the 9th to win?

      3) If you think the Yanks didn’t do a lot to earn the 3-run rally, you didn’t watch the back-to-back walks by A-Rod and Cano vs. Balfour in the middle of the rally. Those were terrific back-to-back at bats, especially Cano’s.

    2. clintfsu813
      June 8th, 2009 | 1:44 pm

      I see a team that refuses to give up this season..keep it up boys!

    3. Tcarda4
      June 8th, 2009 | 1:50 pm

      who knows…they may be a team that is just lucky any time they win a game and incredibly bad if they happen to lose a game. I wonder how many times the word ‘if’ would come up if one were to do a word search on this blog….

    4. June 8th, 2009 | 1:59 pm

      Tcarda4 – just keep on doing what you’re doing…meaning reading this blog as often as you do…and I’ll keep doing what I’m doing…because it must be working…as you keep on reading. ;-) (Note the lack of “ifs” in this comment.)

    5. EdB
      June 8th, 2009 | 2:24 pm

      Well considering those two wins came against the defending AL champs and what was the #1 team in the AL, I dont’ think we can discount those too much. All it shows is at this point the team is slightly better than the rest of the league’s elite (at leat last week they were).

    6. Pat F
      June 8th, 2009 | 3:05 pm

      i continue to find it intersting myself how the yankees could be 0-56 if everything that had happened on the field had happened differently. that would stink.

      another good week. big one upcoming. especially for AJ as we need a solid opener in boston and he draws santana sunday (not that i’m big on the subway series mattering more than wins and losses, but him squaring up with santana on sunday night could be fun).

    7. Tcarda4
      June 8th, 2009 | 3:09 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      I will keep checking this blog because i have an office job where i have tons of time to waste and i check various sites/blogs through out the day. Chances are when i get a job that keeps me busier i will stick to sites that offer a more rational outlook with more stat/fact based coverage and less pessimistic, doomsday-what if possibilities. I would think you would focus on growing and keeping readers rather than being happy that some stick around in spite of what they get out of it. The yankees are in first place with a chance tonight to win their 8th series in there last 9, with there next 6 games coming against the red sox and mets. The last thing any of us want to read is ‘what if they didnt come from behind twice last week’? Im not an optimistic person, so you know, but i just think you are crossing a line of pessimism that borders on annoying.

    8. GDH
      June 8th, 2009 | 3:12 pm

      It would be interesting to extend Steve’s analysis to the other thirds of the game, and see how the results for innings 1-3 and 4-6 compare to Steve’s comeback example, innings 7-9. Technically, the game is 9 innings of 3 outs each, so the only difference would be increased fatigue and the (variable) availability of certain players. Importantly, mental toughness comes into play the end of the game draws near – hard to quantify, but also difficult to ignore, especially in a close contest. Great teams don’t give up, and they capitalize on the other team’s lapses. That’s what this team is showing, and it’s a very good sign if they can keep it up.

    9. Tcarda4
      June 8th, 2009 | 3:13 pm

      and i dont mean to sound mean-spirited or condascending, im just saying. I respect you for giving an alternative outlook on the team and the season, but i think you go overboard sometimes by reaching for negatives surrounding the team when few exist at the moment. Its a long season with ups and downs througout, so why try to make the ups feel like downs? thats what i dont get

    10. Tcarda4
      June 8th, 2009 | 3:15 pm

      @ GDH:
      I agree 100%. The ability to come from behind and win close games is usually a requirement for a championship contender in any sport.

    11. clintfsu813
      June 8th, 2009 | 4:28 pm

      @ Tcarda4:
      ie 2004 Redsox.

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