• Congratulations Yankees, You’ve Just Let The Red Sox Back Into The Post-Season Chase!

    Posted by on September 15th, 2010 · Comments (14)

    #@$%*!

    Three days ago, I warned about this happening.  And, this morning, I shared how important it was for the Yankees to win today.  But, they lost – yet again.  Make it eight of their last ten, now, that New York has dropped.   And, at this moment, the A.L. Wildcard standings are:

             W L   PCT GB
    Yankees 88 58 .603 -
    Red Sox 82 64 .562 6

    Yup, it’s a six game difference between the two teams with 16 games to be played – including six head-to-head match-ups between New York and Boston.  Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees also have to play the Rays four times, too, in those 16 games.

    Man, ten days ago, the Red Sox looked like toast.  Heck, the Red Sox appeared dead back on August 24th.

    But, those stupid ef’n blankety-blank Yankees have opened the door and let the Red Sox back into this thing. Criminy!

    Damn, I just want to kick something now. Thanks Yanks. Thanks a lot.

    Comments on Congratulations Yankees, You’ve Just Let The Red Sox Back Into The Post-Season Chase!

    1. JeremyM
      September 15th, 2010 | 10:40 pm

      Ugh.

      HUGHes blew it, and Kearns is just awful. Dude has been stranding runners left and right since Swisher went down. And Colin Curtis makes Chad Curtis look like Mickey Mantle.

    2. YankCrank
      September 15th, 2010 | 10:45 pm

      Unless my math is a little off, if the Yankees finish the rest of the season playing .500 ball the Red Sox will have to go 14-2 just to tie us.

      Relax. I understand the Yankees playing poor baseball right now is frustrating – I really do because I feel it – but let’s not overreact here.

      This was a great series where both teams played evenly, all three games could have gone either way but the Rays happened to win 2 of 3. By Monday, we won’t have to sit and watch Kearns strike out every at bat and we won;t have to see Curtis and Golsen make automatic outs. We’ll have our starting outfield back, not to mention Andy Pettitte back in the rotation for the rest of the season.

    3. September 15th, 2010 | 11:07 pm

      YankCrank wrote:

      Unless my math is a little off, if the Yankees finish the rest of the season playing .500 ball the Red Sox will have to go 14-2 just to tie us.Relax.

      Look at it this way. The Yankees play in Baltimore for three and then have the Rays up in the Stadium for four.

      Say the Yankees go 3-4 in these seven games – which is very possible considering who they’re playing, when, and where, and how the team is going now.

      And, while this is happening, the Red Sox play 3 games against the Jays and 3 games against the O’s – all at Fenway.

      Say the Red Sox take 4 of those 6 games.

      That would leave the Yankees at 91-62 and the Red Sox at 86-66.

      That’s a difference of just 4 games in the loss column…with Boston coming into New York for 3 games.

      Boston clearly has a shot at this now. Not huge. They still need to play well. And, the Yankees have to stay cold. But, not for long on either side, before the two teams meet in a week.

    4. Jim TreshFan
      September 15th, 2010 | 11:46 pm

      @ YankCrank:
      Trouble is, the Yankees aren’t playing .500 ball. And they don’t look like they’re going to start any time soon. But don’t you love the way the Yankees do just enought to lose? Like tonight: they were 2 for 9 with RISP while stranding 10 baserunners. Had they been 3 for 9 with RISP and stranded only 9 baserunners… And Hughes! Phil Hughes! Yup, you guessed it! Just enough to lose.

    5. YankCrank
      September 16th, 2010 | 10:08 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      @ Jim TreshFan:

      I’ll never argue with anybody who is upset with the way the Yankees have played lately. If you come down to it, the Yankees were two late-game home runs away from going 0-10. That’s awful, and I agree.

      But teams hit a wall, even the good ones, and it’s amazing it’s taken this long for this team to play a long stretch of crap baseball. I’m not ready to pronounce a collapse for this team for that very reason. I’m also not ready to say the Red Sox are “in it,” because the Yankees have hit a slump and the Red Sox won some games against the lowly Mariners out West.

      I guess we’ll wait and see what happens.

    6. September 16th, 2010 | 10:27 am

      For the record, I just checked, the Yankees had a 9 game lead over the Red Sox with 20 games left to play this season. If they end up blowing this, and allow Boston to take their place in the post-season, it will be ten times worse than the 2004 ALCS.

      The Mets blowing it in 2007, with a lead of 7 with 17 to go, is considered one of the worst choke jobs of all time.

      When the Yankees were up by 9 with 20 to go, CoolStandings.com had New York with a 99.4% probability of making the post-season – and Boston was at .6%. Yeah, that’s 99 to 1, just about.

      Again, granted, the next 6 games for Boston and the next 7 for New York will tell us everything we need to know about the chances of this happening.

      But, if it does happen, and the Yankees choke this up to the Red Sox, then you have to blow up this team.

      Look at what’s happened to the Mets since 2007. Teams don’t get over something like this happening – not until you clean house and reboot.

      And, I’ll say this – choking this up, if it happens, this year, totally takes away from the World Series win of last year – just like the 2004 ALCS loss (the way it happened) totally took away any joy from winning the 2003 ALCS (the way that they did).

    7. MJ Recanati
      September 16th, 2010 | 10:29 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      The Mets blowing it in 2007, with a lead of 7 with 17 to go, is considered one of the worst choke jobs of all time.

      No it isn’t, because no one cares or thinks about the Mets outside of New York. The 2004 ALCS was, is and, unfortunately, will most likely always be the worst choke job in baseball.

    8. MJ Recanati
      September 16th, 2010 | 10:30 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      But, if it does happen, and the Yankees choke this up to the Red Sox, then you have to blow up this team.

      No you don’t because you don’t blow up 90+ game winning teams. To do so would be irrational.

    9. MJ Recanati
      September 16th, 2010 | 10:35 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Look at what’s happened to the Mets since 2007. Teams don’t get over something like this happening – not until you clean house and reboot.

      Isn’t there a line about causation and correlation somewhere out there in the ether?

      The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Mets haven’t sucked because of what happened in 2007. They’ve let their fans down because Omar Minaya hasn’t constructed good enough teams. His bullpens and rotations have been shoddy, his lineups have featured over-the-hill players (Moises Alou, Carlos Delgado, Gary Sheffield, Luis Castillo), average-to-poor players (Brian Schneider, Ryan Chruch, Jeff Francoeur), the team’s farm system hasn’t developed many in-house reinforcements or trade candidates and the heavy investment in two high-priced free agents (K-Rod/Jason Bay) haven’t worked out as Minaya had hoped.

      The 2007 Mets have nothing to do with what’s wrong with the 2010 Mets. You’ve been reading too many NY tabloids, I’m afraid, if you actually believe that.

    10. MJ Recanati
      September 16th, 2010 | 10:36 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      And, I’ll say this – choking this up, if it happens, this year, totally takes away from the World Series win of last year

      For you, maybe. Certainly not for me.

    11. Raf
      September 16th, 2010 | 10:42 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      But, if it does happen, and the Yankees choke this up to the Red Sox, then you have to blow up this team.

      Ah, no…

    12. Raf
      September 16th, 2010 | 10:49 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Look at what’s happened to the Mets since 2007. Teams don’t get over something like this happening – not until you clean house and reboot.

      The 2010 team is much different from the 2007 team. What do you mean by clean house and reboot?

    13. INAC
      September 16th, 2010 | 8:19 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      For the record, I just checked, the Yankees had a 9 game lead over the Red Sox with 20 games left to play this season. If they end up blowing this, and allow Boston to take their place in the post-season, it will be ten times worse than the 2004 ALCS.
      The Mets blowing it in 2007, with a lead of 7 with 17 to go, is considered one of the worst choke jobs of all time.
      When the Yankees were up by 9 with 20 to go, CoolStandings.com had New York with a 99.4% probability of making the post-season – and Boston was at .6%. Yeah, that’s 99 to 1, just about.
      Again, granted, the next 6 games for Boston and the next 7 for New York will tell us everything we need to know about the chances of this happening.
      But, if it does happen, and the Yankees choke this up to the Red Sox, then you have to blow up this team.
      Look at what’s happened to the Mets since 2007. Teams don’t get over something like this happening – not until you clean house and reboot.
      And, I’ll say this – choking this up, if it happens, this year, totally takes away from the World Series win of last year – just like the 2004 ALCS loss (the way it happened) totally took away any joy from winning the 2003 ALCS (the way that they did).

      Not your finest comment, Stevie.

      First of all, while you say many times the operative of “IF”, you seem to be delving into an awful lot of material of if it actually does happen, which is still a long shot from occurring.

      I would also largely disagree with the assertion that the ’09 title becomes worthless in the unlikely event of any choke occurring. What does 2009 have to do with 2010, especially with people like you already having said recently that this team doesn’t have much playoff upside. If that’s the case, and they aren’t winning anything, how does that taint the legacy of a title team?

      I remember last September 20, the Yankees lost 7-1 in Seattle, dropped a three game series, and while they had lost 5 of 9, Boston got caught fire, and the divisional lead had wittled down to a mere 5 games. Boston was playing 4 in KC while the Yankees were playing three in Anaheim before both would meet up in the Bronx for the weekend. Many panicked, but my ideology was simple – only if they get within three games do I really start to worry. Most teams would’ve killed to be in the spot the Yankees were in.

      Sure enough, the Yankees beat the Angels 2 of 3 (shocking) and the Royals split with the Sox (shockinger) and the Yankees easily put the division away over the weekend. Disaster averted.

      If the Sox get to within four games, then I’ll start to wonder. But 6 up with 16 to play? I’ll take it. Bear in mind, Boston is NOT going to go 6-0 against the Yankees to finish the season.

    14. The Sandman
      September 18th, 2010 | 11:55 pm

      I guess this was no big deal after all. Just another of many instances of Steve blowing things way out of proportion.

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