• Weekend In Wrigleyville

    Posted by on June 19th, 2011 · Comments (12)
    • An inexplicable loss in Game 1 – being baffled by a human batting- tee.
    • A squeaker win in Game 2.
    • A late-inning laugher in Game 3.

    So, what did you think of the Yankees weekend in Chicago?

    Comments on Weekend In Wrigleyville

    1. Evan3457
      June 19th, 2011 | 11:40 pm

      2 out of 3 on the road, outscoring the home team 15-10?

      Par for this course; good enough.

    2. LMJ229
      June 19th, 2011 | 11:50 pm

      I’ll take 2 out of 3 on the road any day. We probably would have lost game 2 to a better team considering all of the errors we made and our futility with runners in scoring position.

    3. Jim TreshFan
      June 20th, 2011 | 12:59 am

      What did I think of the Yankees’ weekend in Chicago? In the words of those famous Windy City critics: “Two Thumbs Up.”

    4. Evan3457
      June 20th, 2011 | 3:40 am

      Yanks have now

      1) won 8 of their last 10
      2) won 20 of their last 30
      3) gotten to a season high 12 games over .500
      4) a record of 40-21 when not playing teams named “Red Sox”

      They are 2nd in the AL in runs per game, 4th in the league in ERA, 2nd in ERA+ (behind only the A’s), have the best run differential in the majors (+96), are 18-12 on the road, 13-4 in blowout games, and are 7th in the majors and 4th in the AL in Def. Eff.

      (Actually, the advanced defensive metrics are in dispute with each other about the Yanks’ team defense…BIS’ +/- runs saved had them 22nd in MLB at -18 runs, but UZR/150 games has them 8th at +3.6/150, RZR has them 11th at .847, and also 3rd in plays made OOZ (out of zone), and team Rtot has them 6th at +16 runs. Still, it makes me wonder why BIS is so out of alignment with the others; I like the BIS system very much.)

      This team is 3rd in the majors in straight W-L Pct, 1st in Pythagorean WPct, and 2nd in 3rd order WPct, according to Baseball Prospectus. They’re 3 games ahead for the Wild Card, still only 1 1/2 behind the Red Sox (1 on the loss side) despite losing 8 of 9 to them, and have, as of yesterday, an 87% chance of making the post-season, (including a 24% chance of winning the division). Baseball Prospectus projects them to go 93-69 (as of yesterday; sounds familiar, no?)

      ==========================================
      Looking at the numbers…this is a good team. Not a GREAT team, but a good team.

    5. June 20th, 2011 | 6:59 am

      The thing which stood out me this series:

      What were the Cubs, coming into this one, like the second worst team in the National League (after the Astros)?

      And, yet, Chicago had so much energy for this series – like it was a World Series. Wrigley was rocking and the team responded.

      And, they ALMOST took 2 of 3 from the Yankees. Yeah, I know, “almost”…blah, blah, blah….

      But, even those with Yankees blinders have to admit that the Cubs played the Yankees real tough for the first 2 games and 7 innings of this series…

      If that’s what the Yankees are going to do againt a crap team, albeit fired up, and we know how the Yankees play against Boston, what’s going to happen with this Yankees team if they reach the post-season this year?

    6. jgueli
      June 20th, 2011 | 8:08 am

      I’m not too worried about Boston we all know what happened last year and they are dealing with their own injuries that may sloe them down (Carl and Clay) a little.

      As said before I’ll take 2 of 3 on the road anyhow anyday.

      Also, Wringley may have been rocking, but it was rocking with it’s fair share of Yankee fans! :)

    7. Raf
      June 20th, 2011 | 8:30 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      what’s going to happen with this Yankees team if they reach the post-season this year?

      They can win it all or they could get bounced in the first round. Whatever happens, this series is no indication of anything. It only means that the Yanks went 2-1 in a 3 game series against the Cubs in Wrigley Field. Narratives, like blinders, aren’t needed.

    8. Corey Italiano
      June 20th, 2011 | 11:15 am

      I’m still inchicago as I’m going to the cell tonight. Sat was a great game and there were easily more Yankee fans there than cubs fans. I’d get more into it but I hate typing via iPod. The defense absolutely sucked this series outside of Martin and the gritty one

    9. #15
      June 20th, 2011 | 11:28 am

      2 of 3 on the road is always good enough. Swisher is coming around and Gardner is back to 2010 levels in every aspect except stolen base effectiveness. A-Rod keeps finding the warning track. If 1/2 the balls he’s hit to the track go out, he’d have 20 dingers too. Just needs that little extra boost (wink), or maybe some extra time in the weight room.

    10. LMJ229
      June 20th, 2011 | 5:08 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      If that’s what the Yankees are going to do againt a crap team, albeit fired up, and we know how the Yankees play against Boston, what’s going to happen with this Yankees team if they reach the post-season this year?

      Boy, you really are all doom and gloom!

      There is no way to predict future post-season success based on one three game set in mid-June. Heck, for that matter, there is no way to predict future post-season success based on the entire month of September. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, most of us (certainly not you Steve) will enjoy the wins wherever, however, and whenever they come.

    11. Evan3457
      June 20th, 2011 | 5:14 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      The thing which stood out me this series:
      What were the Cubs, coming into this one, like the second worst team in the National League (after the Astros)?
      And, yet, Chicago had so much energy for this series – like it was a World Series. Wrigley was rocking and the team responded.
      And, they ALMOST took 2 of 3 from the Yankees. Yeah, I know, “almost”…blah, blah, blah….
      But, even those with Yankees blinders have to admit that the Cubs played the Yankees real tough for the first 2 games and 7 innings of this series…
      If that’s what the Yankees are going to do againt a crap team, albeit fired up, and we know how the Yankees play against Boston, what’s going to happen with this Yankees team if they reach the post-season this year?

      Perhaps, Steve, because for the Cubs this WAS their World Series.

      For the Yanks it was just another interleague series on the road against an inferior opponent. If they win, they’re supposded to, but if they lose, it’s a black mark.

      And the concern about the Yanks’ energy level is bass-ackwards. You’d expect some of these games against weak competition to be “trap games”. You’d expect the Cubs to play hard and keep things interesting. It’s the “big” series you’d expect the Yanks to get fired up for. You know, like sweeping 3 (2 by blowout) against another division leader, or taking 3 of 4 (2 by blowout) against a team that was leading its division before they came in, after the Yanks suffered a devastating sweep at the hands of their rivals.

    12. Corey Italiano
      June 21st, 2011 | 11:07 am

      Let’s not discount the fact that the cubs are playing well right now… I just watched them wreck the white sox last night at the cell

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