• Yanks Limping Into Post-Season?

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2010 · Comments (11)

    With their loss to the Rays on Wednesday, the Yankees have now dropped 10 of the last 16 games. And, New York is 23-19 in the last 42 games. Further, they are 27-24 in their last 51 games. Granted, those last two marks are not terrible. But, they don’t suggest that this Yankees team is peaking as it heads into the post-season, do they?

    Compare that to a team like the Phillies who have won 22 of their last 26 as they head into October baseball.

    So, what do you say Yankeeland, are you concerned about how the Yankees will show up in the post-season this year, given their recent level of play?

    Comments on Yanks Limping Into Post-Season?

    1. 77yankees
      September 23rd, 2010 | 7:49 am

      You don’t have to win 22 out of 26 in October…..you can go 11-8 in October and go home with a ring.

    2. Evan3457
      September 23rd, 2010 | 8:02 am

      It really hasn’t been shown that red-hot teams down the stretch have any significant advantage in the postseason.

      For every ’78 Yankees, there’s a ’51 Giants; for every ’09 Yankees, there’s an ’06 Cards, the Rockies of ’07 were much hotter than the Red Sox going into the World Series, and then….SPLAT!!! Just a bug on the Sox’ windshield.

    3. Evan3457
      September 23rd, 2010 | 8:25 am

      I mean, you do realize Girardi probably dumped last night’s game after AJ was knocked out by the rain delay, by going to Moseley, Gaudin and Albaladejo after Ring, in order to save the pen, right?

    4. MJ Recanati
      September 23rd, 2010 | 8:53 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      It really hasn’t been shown that red-hot teams down the stretch have any significant advantage in the postseason.
      For every ’78 Yankees, there’s a ’51 Giants; for every ’09 Yankees, there’s an ’06 Cards, the Rockies of ’07 were much hotter than the Red Sox going into the World Series, and then….SPLAT!!! Just a bug on the Sox’ windshield.

      You’re right, and I’d point to the 2000 Yankees as the example that illustrate that point in a way that hits closest to home.

      Having said that, there are definitely things I’m seeing with this team that does concern me. The bullpen is less consistently reliable now than it was a month ago. The offense is still inconsistent, going innings (and games) at a time without stringing together even two hits. Girardi’s managing has been somewhat curious. Injuries to Teixeira, Gardner and Swisher coming at the wrong time…

    5. Corey Italiano
      September 23rd, 2010 | 9:39 am

      The Rockies have won a ton of games down the stretch the past 2 years, what has it got them?

    6. Corey Italiano
      September 23rd, 2010 | 9:40 am

      The 2006 Cardinals is a bad example, IMO, cause most of their team was hurt up until the last couple of weeks or so

    7. Corey Italiano
      September 23rd, 2010 | 9:43 am

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Gotta say, those cortisone shots do wonders. I can’t even notice a limp in Swisher’s gitty up anymore.

    8. INAC
      September 23rd, 2010 | 3:03 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      It really hasn’t been shown that red-hot teams down the stretch have any significant advantage in the postseason.
      For every ’78 Yankees, there’s a ’51 Giants; for every ’09 Yankees, there’s an ’06 Cards, the Rockies of ’07 were much hotter than the Red Sox going into the World Series, and then….SPLAT!!! Just a bug on the Sox’ windshield.

      I’d like to add the ’09 Twins to that. They were 17-4 down the stretch last year, and got swept right out of the playoffs after that.

      It doesn’t hurt to play well going into the playoffs (it’s better than playing poorly), but I don’t think it has any bearing on what will happen once they begin. Philly won’t win the pennant because they entered the playoffs red hot; they’ll win the pennant since they’re the Varsity in the JV league. They’re the only NL team that I could see being placed in the AL, and still being very successful.

    9. Raf
      September 23rd, 2010 | 5:05 pm

      INAC wrote:

      Philly won’t win the pennant because they entered the playoffs red hot; they’ll win the pennant since they’re the Varsity in the JV league.

      And even that isn’t guaranteed; the team with the best record doesn’t always win the league pennant. At least not since 1968

    10. INAC
      September 23rd, 2010 | 7:50 pm

      Raf wrote:

      INAC wrote:
      Philly won’t win the pennant because they entered the playoffs red hot; they’ll win the pennant since they’re the Varsity in the JV league.
      And even that isn’t guaranteed; the team with the best record doesn’t always win the league pennant. At least not since 1968

      Nah, I guess the old “anything can happen” axiom applies and I readily admit I’m speaking with an air of certainty, but look at the rest of the NL. Do you think any of those mooks have a chance to beat the Phillies in a 5/7 game series?

      It can happen, but I strongly doubt it will.

    11. MJ Recanati
      September 23rd, 2010 | 8:47 pm

      @ INAC:
      I agree. I don’t see how anyone can beat the Phils. If the Phillies lose, it’ll be because they didn’t show up but, really, on paper, they’re the best team in baseball on the basis of their AL-style lineup and having three #1′s (or at least a #1 and two #2′s) in their rotation.

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