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.