• Secret To Yanks Good Start: Blasts & Burnett

    Posted by on April 15th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Here’s how the A.L. looked when I woke up this morning:

                                        
    Rk    Tm W L W-L%  GB   R  RA pythWL
    1    TEX 9 3 .750 --- 5.5 2.8   10-2
    2    CLE 8 4 .667 --- 4.9 3.6    8-4
    3    KCR 8 4 .667 --- 5.6 4.6    8-4
    4    NYY 7 4 .636 0.5 5.7 5.1    7-4
    5    LAA 7 5 .583 1.0 3.8 3.4    7-5
    6    CHW 7 5 .583 1.0 6.1 5.1    7-5
    7    BAL 6 5 .545 1.5 4.0 4.1    6-5
    8    TOR 6 6 .500 2.0 5.1 3.7    8-4
    9    OAK 6 7 .462 2.5 3.3 3.4    7-6
    10   DET 6 7 .462 2.5 4.2 4.8    6-7
    11   TBR 4 8 .333 4.0 3.6 4.5    5-7
    12   MIN 4 8 .333 4.0 3.0 4.8    4-8
    13   SEA 4 9 .308 4.5 3.4 5.3    4-9
    14   BOS 2 9 .182 5.5 3.6 6.5    3-8
    

    When I look at the Yankees sitting on top of the A.L. East today, I can’t help but think it’s a house of cards. Yes, they’re 7-4. But, that comes with them hitting 21 homeruns this season so far and A.J. Burnett winning every one of his starts, to date.

    And, I know the Yankees are not going to hit 309 homeruns this season and Burnett is not going to win 30 games. They might hit 240 homers and Burnett, maybe, could win 15 games. But, that’s not 309 and 30.

    Comments on Secret To Yanks Good Start: Blasts & Burnett

    1. MJ Recanati
      April 15th, 2011 | 3:04 pm

      Once again, the Steve Lombardi idiosynchratic discounting of wins and team records as unreliable — but only as it applies to the Yankees — despite Pythagorean Win evidence to the contrary.

    2. jrk
      April 15th, 2011 | 4:57 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      And, I know the Yankees are not going to hit 309 homeruns this season and Burnett is not going to win 30 games.

      But Swisher will hit .211, Gardner .150, Posada .189, and Grandy .194

    3. Evan3457
      April 15th, 2011 | 5:57 pm

      jrk wrote:

      Steve Lombardi wrote:
      And, I know the Yankees are not going to hit 309 homeruns this season and Burnett is not going to win 30 games.
      But Swisher will hit .211, Gardner .150, Posada .189, and Grandy .194

      ….and Tex will hit .225, and Jeter will hit .233, and CC Sabathia will woin 0 games this season, and Ivan Nova will have an ERA of 6.10, and Phil Hughes will have an ERA of 14 and go winless…

      I mean, it just boggles the mind.

    4. LMJ229
      April 15th, 2011 | 8:32 pm

      Wow, you guys are throwing out some seriously dire stats. But don’t they just support Steve’s comment that the Yankees winning record is a “house of cards” thus far?

    5. Raf
      April 15th, 2011 | 8:56 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      But don’t they just support Steve’s comment that the Yankees winning record is a “house of cards” thus far?

      No, the overall point is that it’s early.

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