What stands out the most in my mind, this past week, is that the Yankees went 2-4 and that came playing against the Nationals and the Marlins – two N.L. teams not playing .500 baseball on the season, to date. (And, it came close to being 1-5 on the week…since one of those wins, against the Nats, was a close call.) In two words: Not good.
Overall this season, through June 21st, the Yankees are 16-9 when playing a team with a .475 record or less and the Yankees are 11-15 when playing a team with a record better than .525 (to date this season). That “seven games over .500″ against teams with a .475 record or less is important, because, on the season, the Yankees are now 38-31, which is “seven games over .500.”
Take away that small feasting off bad teams this season and what you have left tells you how the Yankees fare when they have to play a team that’s decent or better. Basically, they lose as much as they win (22-22).
I don’t know about you, but, for me…I’m expecting a little bit more than that from a team with a payroll of $201,449,289.