• The Yankees Since August 1st

    Posted by on September 25th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Since August 1st of this year, the Yankees have gone 26-26.

    Yes, that’s 52 games worth of .500 baseball. And, breaking even is not exactly championship level play – is it?

    During this time, they went from being first in the A.L. East by two games (in the standings) to being second in the A.L. East by two games in the loss column. Man, are they lucky it hasn’t been more of a swing than that change.

    Also, during this time, they went from being eight games better than the Red Sox in the loss column to being five games better than Boston in the loss column. Again, they were very lucky that it wasn’t more than that three game change.

    From April through July this year, the Yankees did go an amazing 66-37 in their first 103 games. But, much of that was from beating up on teams like the Orioles, Indians, Mets, Astros, A’s, Royals, Astros and D-Backs when things were going rough for those teams. So, that record was an illusion. And, what you see from the Yankees over the last two months is what the Yankees really are…an average club.

    And, if they’re going to end this season on a positive note, they’re going to need some more luck like that which has kept them close in the standings so far. Will they get it? I’m not counting on it.

    Comments on The Yankees Since August 1st

    1. JeremyM
      September 25th, 2010 | 11:35 pm

      If I have to see Chad Gaudin enter the game other than when there is a 10-run differential situation either way again, I am going to fly up to New York and kick Girardi’s ass. His continued fascination with that man has really been costly- either outright losing games or keeping the score far enough away that they have little chance to come back.

    2. INAC
      September 25th, 2010 | 11:45 pm

      Back up a couple more days, and it’s 27-27 over exactly 1/3 of the schedule.

      It all goes back to the manager. If Girardi doesn’t care about these games, why should the players? A month ago, he may not have been liked by all, but coming off the title in ’09 and another strong regular season in ’10, smart money was on Girardi returning in 2011. In that month since, he literally could not have managed worse if he tried. And in that time, even someone who couldn’t have cared one way or another about Girardi (that being me) now wants his ass gone. Whatever the hell his plan was, it’s backfired and then some. How about you wait till the playoff spot is clinched next time, Joe.

    3. Evan3457
      September 26th, 2010 | 4:27 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      From April through July this year, the Yankees did go an amazing 66-37 in their first 103 games. But, much of that was from beating up on teams like the Orioles, Indians, Mets, Astros, A’s, Royals, Astros and D-Backs when things were going rough for those teams. So, that record was an illusion.

      No, it wasn’t. Their record was a legitimate 66-37. In that 1st 103 games, they were 5-3 against the Red Sox, 4-2 against the Twins, 2-1 against the Dodgers, 4-4 against the Rays, and 3-0 against the Rangers. The only winning team they had a losing record against was the Phillies, and their overall record against them was 20-11.

      As of 3 weeks ago, their record was 86-50, which means, from the time of your arbitrary marker, they went 20-13 over their next 33 games, which is a .606 winning percentage.

      They have played BADLY for 3 weeks now, going 6-13. But it’s NOT the whole 2nd half and it isn’t the last two months. In that time, they’ve had multiple injuries to key players (Pettitte, Teixiera, Swisher, Gardner, .

      You’re entitled to your own interpretation, but not to your own history.

    4. Evan3457
      September 26th, 2010 | 4:31 am

      Correction to above, in the 1st 103 games, their overall record against the good teams was not 20-11, but 19-12.

    5. Jim TreshFan
      September 26th, 2010 | 8:49 am

      I suppose I’m not concerned so much with how the team has performed in the past 50, 60, or even 100 games as much as I am with how the team is performing over these past few games with the Rays and Red Sox. From where I’m sitting it doesn’t look good. I wonder what the view is like from the field level.

    6. Evan3457
      September 26th, 2010 | 9:30 am

      Jim TreshFan wrote:

      I suppose I’m not concerned so much with how the team has performed in the past 50, 60, or even 100 games as much as I am with how the team is performing over these past few games with the Rays and Red Sox. From where I’m sitting it doesn’t look good. I wonder what the view is like from the field level.

      Yeah, the last four have been pretty brutal.

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