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.