Yesterday, I mentioned how well things are going for the Yankees in the last ten weeks or so. In fact, since June 24th, when Brian Cashman went to visit the team in Atlanta, the Yankees have gone 43-16 – which is an incredible winning percentage of .729.
Below is a chart which shows the Yankees record, by opponent, during this run – with the opponent’s overall winning percentage (to date) at the far right:
Team W L Opp W%* Blue Jays 7 2 .457 Red Sox 6 1 .581 A's 5 2 .442 Mariners 5 2 .523 Tigers 3 0 .531 Orioles 3 0 .408 Twins 3 0 .496 Mets 3 0 .446 White Sox 3 3 .492 Braves 2 0 .527 Rays 2 1 .547 Rangers 1 2 .563 Angels 0 3 .594 43 16 *Through August 29th
As you can see, the Yankees, in putting together this run, have beaten up on some sub-.500 teams. As mentioned here before, New York has gotten somewhat fat playing against the Blue Jays, A’s, Orioles, Twins and Mets during this streak – going 21-4 against those weak teams (as the above chart shows).
In fact, I just noticed this morning, looking at the standings over at Baseball-Reference.com, that the Yankees are 33-30 this season, to date, when playing a team with a winning percentage =>.500 and they are 48-18, to date, when playing a team with a winning percentage <.500 (this year). Now, I know that many like to say, in response to this type of inspection, that "You're supposed to beat the tar out of the weak teams and break even against the tough ones - that's how you end up finishing in first place." And, I get that - I really do get it... ...but, I'm thinking ahead to the post-season, for the Yankees. And, there will be no Blue Jays, A's, Orioles, Twins or Mets for the Yankees to play in October. Most likely, New York will have to deal with Detroit or Texas in the ALDS and then face someone like the Angels, Red Sox or Rays in the ALCS (should the Yankees advance past the ALDS for the first time since 2004). And, that’s a horse of another color, no? Do the Yankees have what it takes to beat a good team in the post-season? What do you think?