• Maybe It’s A Good Thing The Rangers Are Not The Wildcard?

    Posted by on September 27th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    I thought this split was interesting – it’s “2009 A.L. team’s records where the opponent’s season W-L% is >= .550 ” – note that it does not include today’s games:

    Rk Tm Year G W L W-L% RS RA pythW-L%
    1 TEX 2009 36 22 14 .611 178 171 .518
    2 NYY 2009 39 19 20 .487 228 219 .518
    3 CHW 2009 33 16 17 .485 160 163 .492
    4 LAA 2009 43 20 23 .465 220 226 .488
    5 BOS 2009 38 17 21 .447 190 200 .477
    6 OAK 2009 59 26 33 .441 275 289 .477
    7 SEA 2009 57 25 32 .439 216 261 .414
    8 DET 2009 37 16 21 .432 162 179 .454
    9 TOR 2009 57 23 34 .404 273 285 .480
    10 TBR 2009 53 21 32 .396 250 280 .448
    11 MIN 2009 36 14 22 .389 157 196 .400
    12 CLE 2009 31 10 21 .323 157 181 .435
    13 BAL 2009 59 17 42 .288 276 397 .340
    14 KCR 2009 33 9 24 .273 115 183 .299
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 9/27/2009.

    The Rangers have gone 17-7 against the Red Sox and Angels this season. Maybe the Yankees should start pulling up the tapes from those games and see if there’s a trick to be learned that could come in handy this October?

    Comments on Maybe It’s A Good Thing The Rangers Are Not The Wildcard?

    1. Evan3457
      September 27th, 2009 | 10:43 pm

      I see; now that the Yanks have evened the season’s series against the Angels and Red Sox…not even they are good teams anymore.

      Well, the Yanks are 5-5 vs. the Angels, 9-9 vs. the Sox. 4-3 vs. the White Sox (who were a good team once upon a time, but not anymore), 5-1 vs. the Tigers, 7-0 vs. the Twins, 5-4 against the Rangers, 10-5 against the Rays, and 2-1 against the Braves.

      So, what’s left? The Phillies and Marlins?

      The Yanks have played just over half their games against teams that are over .500 for the season. Half their wins are against these teams. They are the only team in baseball with a .600 record vs. these teams. They have the best record in baseball against teams whose record is .525 or better.

      I mean, can’t we just wait for the playoffs, and see if they’re good enough to win the tournament?

    2. September 27th, 2009 | 10:51 pm

      But, I thought the post-season was just a crapshoot and meant nothing? ;-)

    3. Evan3457
      September 28th, 2009 | 7:30 am

      It is a crapshoot, in that the better team simply doesn’t win every time. Luck plays an enormous role. So do the matchups, both individual, and team vs. team. So does who’s hot at the moment. So does will and effort. Talent should be a decisive factor, but isn’t. There are not enough games in a short series for talent to be decisive in every case. Weaker teams sometimes beat better ones.

      But no matter how it’s won, it’s still a title. There’s still a trophy. The players still get rings. The banner is still raised the next Opening Day.

      So to be accurate, it is a crapshoot to which excessive permanent meaning is attached.

      It is therefore a meaningful crapshoot. :)

      It is a meaningful crapshoot.

    4. jeter96
      September 28th, 2009 | 9:27 am

      Few weeks ago, someone said that we only beat bad teams and should send thank you cards to Minny, Mets and Baltimore.

      I guess we arent too bad of a team when you look at that statistic.

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