• So, How’s It Going In Yankeeland Lately?

    Posted by on September 12th, 2010 · Comments (16)

    Since August 13th, I’ve seen some things in Yankeeland that haven’t been so great.

    At the start of this time period, the Yankees lost 2 of their last 3 games to the lowly Royals. Oh, and, up in Toronto, they lost 2 of 3 to the Blue Jays. Plus, don’t forget, before this current series, they almost got swept, and ended up losing 2 of 3 to the Orioles. And, by the way, have you seen the last two terrible games in Texas?

    On the bright side, the Yankees had an 8-game winning streak during this time – bolstered by taking 4 in a row from the ugly A’s in the Bronx. But, take out those 4 wins against Oakland and the Yankees are 12-12 in their other games since August 13th. Not exactly a championship pace, there, is it?

    Comments on So, How’s It Going In Yankeeland Lately?

    1. JeremyM
      September 12th, 2010 | 10:25 am

      As bad as the Yankees played, especially with RISP, Girardi was just awful. Bringing in Thames to pinch-hit against a right-hander (for Kearns, not for a pitcher or something)? Bunting Cervelli on 3-0? Using Mo for two-innings the night before in a game where he wouldn’t let any other reliever go more than 1? Using Gaudin again? The constant use of pinch-runners who simply stand on first? I’ve never been much of a Girardi critic, but he has lost his mind.

    2. September 12th, 2010 | 10:38 am

      I like Girardi. Always have – and I was championing his hire when it was between him and Donnie and Pena. That said, as much as I don’t have a ton of issues with his efforts, if he wanted to take the Cubs job next year, I probably would not be heart-broken. Would I be upset? Depends on who his replacement would be…

    3. INAC
      September 12th, 2010 | 11:25 am

      But, take out those 4 wins against Oakland and the Yankees are 12-12 in their other games since August 13th.

      Cripes. First of all, I find it funny that you continually discount the A’s. They’re 71-70 on the season, and are 70-61 against non-Yankees opponents. Second of all, they had their best pitchers in that series, with the exception of Mazzaro. Cahill, Anderson, and Braden have all had very goo seasons, and the Yankees beating all three of them shouldn’t be discounted just because you think the A’s are a bad team.

      Oh, and a 16-12 record would be a 93 win pace.

      Ya know, your point could really be made without resorting to those tactics. The Yankees haven’t been playing well recently sans the eight game streak. No sane person disagrees. Removing games from the sample size is petty.

    4. redbug
      September 12th, 2010 | 11:52 am

      @ JeremyM:

      Amen to all you said. Why Mo for 2?? And, using a pinch runner who just stands there is driving me nuts!

    5. jay
      September 12th, 2010 | 11:55 am

      @ INAC:

      Save your breath. He doesn’t get it.

    6. September 12th, 2010 | 12:39 pm

      @ INAC:
      @ jay:

      Simple question for you two to answer here – or for anyone else who wants to take a stab at it:

      Looking at how the Yankees have played lately – over their last 40 games or so – are you happy with the way the team has performed and do you feel they’ve played in a way that illustrates that they have the ability to win a World Chamionship this October?

    7. Evan3457
      September 12th, 2010 | 2:08 pm

      Friday night was the third time this season Mo was brought into a tie game on the road for the 9th inning, and pitched two innings.

      The Yanks won both of the other two.

    8. INAC
      September 12th, 2010 | 2:09 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      Didn’t I say they haven’t been playing all that well of late? I wasn’t disagreeing with your point, I was disagreeing with your presentation of it. You don’t need to arbitrarily remove four games from the sample to prove your point, we already know how it’s been of late.

    9. Evan3457
      September 12th, 2010 | 2:11 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ INAC:
      @ jay:
      Simple question for you two to answer here – or for anyone else who wants to take a stab at it:
      Looking at how the Yankees have played lately – over their last 40 games or so – are you happy with the way the team has performed and do you feel they’ve played in a way that illustrates that they have the ability to win a World Chamionship this October?

      Here’s another good question; do you think the Cards were happy with the way they played for most of the 2nd half and down the stretch in 2006?

    10. jay
      September 12th, 2010 | 2:18 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ INAC:
      @ jay:
      Simple question for you two to answer here – or for anyone else who wants to take a stab at it:
      Looking at how the Yankees have played lately – over their last 40 games or so – are you happy with the way the team has performed and do you feel they’ve played in a way that illustrates that they have the ability to win a World Chamionship this October?

      Of course I’m unhappy with how they’ve played. But the way you approach your ‘analysis’ is ridiculous. That’s the point I’m trying to make. The A’s hover around .500, and have some solid (if not great) starting pitchers. Why shouldn’t those games ‘count’?

      Think of it this way: if your sentence includes the words “take those ____ (games, at bats, etc) out”, then you’re doing it wrong.

      Something tells me I’d have been better offer following my advice to the other poster on this.

    11. September 12th, 2010 | 2:27 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Here’s another good question; do you think the Cards were happy with the way they played for most of the 2nd half and down the stretch in 2006?

      Deflection. I am not a Cards fan and don’t care at all about them and their 2006 season. I only care about the Yankees and what’s going on with their team this season – meaning the SP woes and the lack of offense from past key performers.

    12. jay
      September 12th, 2010 | 3:10 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Here’s another good question; do you think the Cards were happy with the way they played for most of the 2nd half and down the stretch in 2006?
      Deflection. I am not a Cards fan and don’t care at all about them and their 2006 season. I only care about the Yankees and what’s going on with their team this season – meaning the SP woes and the lack of offense from past key performers.

      I agree with this 100%. Just because the Cardinals and Jeff Weaver pulled a rabbit out of their hat in 2006, doesn’t mean ‘everything is fine’ when it comes to what we should expect come playoff time for the 2010 Yankees.

      But let’s call it like it is and take the blinders (whether they be pro-Yankee or anti-Yankee) off. The Yankees have not played particularly well over about 30 games, but you don’t need to take wins out of their record to prove it. Just present the facts and talk through them.

    13. Raf
      September 12th, 2010 | 9:50 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Deflection.

      Context.

    14. Raf
      September 12th, 2010 | 9:54 pm

      jay wrote:

      I agree with this 100%. Just because the Cardinals and Jeff Weaver pulled a rabbit out of their hat in 2006, doesn’t mean ‘everything is fine’ when it comes to what we should expect come playoff time for the 2010 Yankees.

      Nor does it mean that we have to be on suicide watch, massaging numbers to try and prove a point. There have been teams that have played like crap during the regular season and have turned it on in the postseason, there have been teams that have played like world beaters during the regular season and tanked in the playoffs, there have been teams that have played like world beaters during the regular season and the postseason, there have been teams that played like crap during the regular season and the postseason.

    15. jay
      September 12th, 2010 | 10:58 pm

      Raf wrote:

      jay wrote:
      I agree with this 100%. Just because the Cardinals and Jeff Weaver pulled a rabbit out of their hat in 2006, doesn’t mean ‘everything is fine’ when it comes to what we should expect come playoff time for the 2010 Yankees.
      Nor does it mean that we have to be on suicide watch, massaging numbers to try and prove a point. There have been teams that have played like crap during the regular season and have turned it on in the postseason, there have been teams that have played like world beaters during the regular season and tanked in the playoffs, there have been teams that have played like world beaters during the regular season and the postseason, there have been teams that played like crap during the regular season and the postseason.

      Great analysis. So, what are we allowed to talk about then?

      I agree that the way Steve presents his positions – that the Yankees are in for a rude awakening in the playoffs – is so weak it’s laughable. But if you’re position is “teams have sucked down the stretch so we’ll be fine” then good luck with that. I’d prefer they play better down the stretch.

    16. Raf
      September 12th, 2010 | 11:33 pm

      jay wrote:

      I’d prefer they play better down the stretch.

      And if they get knocked out of the first round? Point is that how the Yanks, or any team for that matter, play down the stretch during the regular season has little impact on how they play in the playoffs. If there were some correlation between regular season and post season, it would mean something, but to my knowledge there isn’t.

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