• The Yankees Are 35-13 In Their Last 48 Games

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    1. clintfsu813
      July 18th, 2012 | 9:29 am

      Xmen reference, FTW

    2. July 18th, 2012 | 9:40 am

      The Yankees ERA in their first 42 games this season was 4.21 and it’s been 3.36 in their last 48 games. That must be part of the reason why they’ve done so well in the last 48.

    3. July 18th, 2012 | 9:44 am

      Also, the Yankees were averaging 4.5 R/G in their first 42 games and have been averaging 5.3 R/G in their last 48 games.

      When you start allowing one less run per game and start scoring one more run per game, you’re going to start playing better :-)

    4. clintfsu813
      July 18th, 2012 | 9:49 am

      @ Steve L.:
      Been very impressed with the pitching. Seems like we’re pretty much in every game. Having actual confidence in Hughes is a weird feeling, lol.

    5. clintfsu813
      July 18th, 2012 | 9:58 am

      I had completely written off Hughes. IF he can continue to be a good 3-4 starter I’ll eat crow all day.

    6. July 18th, 2012 | 10:01 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Having actual confidence in Hughes is a weird feeling, lol.

      Agreed. I keep waiting for the bubble to burst. But, maybe it won’t?

    7. G.I. Joey
      July 18th, 2012 | 10:33 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      clintfsu813 wrote:
      Having actual confidence in Hughes is a weird feeling, lol.

      Agreed. I keep waiting for the bubble to burst. But, maybe it won’t?

      I certainly hope it doesn’t. I know there is always debate here about the Yanks flaws and if those flaws are going to keep them from going far in the post season, but I would like to simply acknowledge the possibility that these flaws might get corrected and the team becomes even stronger than it is now. Acknowledging this possibility isn’t worthy of the “Yankees Blinders” tag in my opinion. Just a positive outlook on a team that has overcome a great deal of obstacles that have been put in front of them this season.

    8. July 18th, 2012 | 10:42 am

      Maybe it’s just my nature, but, I have to confess, every time we have one of these homerun garden party wins, I can’t shake the feeling that the homer-well is going to run dry in the post-season.

      We’ve seen it before where guys like Swisher, Tex and A-Rod pound the ball during the season and then look terrible in the post-season. (And, this is not just a Yankees thing – see Ryan Howard in the ’09 World Series.)

      Then again, this year’s Yankees offense is not being driven by Swisher, A-Rod and Tex. And, more so, it’s about Granderson, Cano and the combination of Jones and Ibanez.

      Granderson always runs hot and cold. If he has a cold streak in October and Cano doesn’t carry the team, I think we may be looking at another “LDS and out” October.

      Unless, of course, the Yankees pitching just carries the team? But, I don’t have faith in CC in October. He’s not the stud that he is during the regular season come the post-season. And, who knows how the others will do in October?

    9. #15
      July 18th, 2012 | 10:48 am

      That is “1998 level” success. I’m really starting to think we’ve got something going here.

      My plan…. Patch things over until Andy returns with Phelps and Freddie as needed. Send Qualls to the trash heap. Let’s see what Joba has in the tank. If he can go 1 inning on back to back days or two innings every other day, fire him up. Look over options for a left fielder at the trade deadline. Make Rapada run fielding drills every day. Cork Martin’s bat. Call Kate Hudson.

    10. Evan3457
      July 18th, 2012 | 10:59 am

      Based on their runs scored/runs allowed over the last 48 games, the Yanks have been a little lucky. 5.3/3.8 should lead to .660 WPCT, and (approximately) a 32-16 record, not 35-13. The extra couple of games is probably due to the outstanding work out of the bullpen, especially Soriano.

      The cost of the RISPFAIL is failing to turn enough close games into blowouts, thus not allowing enough rest for first Wade, then Logan, and at times, Robertson and Soriano. Getting Joba back will likely help, but they need some real blowouts to keep the keep 3-4 relievers in the back of the pen from being overworked. Rapada is less likely to suffer, as he only pitches to a batter or two most of the time, and throws sidearm.

    11. Evan3457
      July 18th, 2012 | 11:01 am

      That should be “keep the KEY 3-4 relievers”, not “keep the keep”. Sigh.

    12. Garcia
      July 18th, 2012 | 11:04 am

      @ Steve L.:
      I don’t know, I don’t care about October till we are at least 2/3 weeks from being in October AND assuring all Yankee fans that we’ll all be watching October baseball. Things. Change. Quickly.

      That said, there’s no perfect model you can use to predict what happens in October. If the Yanks go to the ALCS and lose, you’ll still be pounding your chest saying you knew this was coming because you have so many posts you can reference that will make you look like the second coming of Nostradamus.

      Same if they advance to the series and don’t win it all, it just seems like it’s such a binary thing with you that I don’t really think there’s any sort of joy in your world with just watching your team do well. I certainly love statistical analysis to see trends, but to make it all about doom-and-gloom does no one any good. IMHO.

    13. MJ Recanati
      July 18th, 2012 | 11:41 am

      Garcia wrote:

      [I]t just seems like it’s such a binary thing with you that I don’t really think there’s any sort of joy in your world with just watching your team do well.

      Sad but true.

    14. July 18th, 2012 | 12:03 pm

      FWIW, no, I don’t have the same reaction to Yankees wins and losses any more. In the past, I would die with every loss. It would ruin my day when the team played poorly. And, I would actually lose sleep over it.

      But, I was so pissed off about the 2004 ALCS that it sort of burnt out that element for me.

      Wins? I like it when the Yankees win. Do I love it? I only love it for the aspect of my kids. I want them to see a Yankees team that wins twice as much as it loses. I don’t want them to experience Yankees losing streaks. I want them to wake up in the morning and then have me be able to tell them the final score and that the Yankees won.

      But, for me, it’s whatever.

      I suspect it’s because there are so many Yankees on the roster that I find “unlikeable.”

      Other than Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte, Nova, Gardner, Robertson, at times, the rest of them just don’t strike a good note with me for various reasons. I sort of like Jones, Nix, Ibanez, Chavez and Logan in supporting roles. But, if they left tomorrow, I would not cry.

      I don’t hate Tex, CC, Cano and Kuroda. I just don’t love them.

      And, Soriano, Granderson, Swisher, A-Rod and Hughes just bug me.

    15. Raf
      July 18th, 2012 | 12:52 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Agreed. I keep waiting for the bubble to burst. But, maybe it won’t?

      Anything can happen, it’s a long season. The Red Sox suffered a rash of injuries at the wrong time, it can happen to the Yanks as well.

    16. July 18th, 2012 | 1:46 pm

      If the 2012 Yankees blow it like the 2011 Red Sox did, they won’t have fried chicken and beer to blame.

    17. #15
      July 18th, 2012 | 2:25 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Anything can happen, it’s a long season. The Red Sox suffered a rash of injuries at the wrong time, it can happen to the Yanks as well.

      Yep. That’s true. But Joe has done a very admirable job of resting his vets and I think that’s about all a manager can do to minimize injuries. Nix and the rest of the 2nd team might be our stealth MVP’s just for helping to keep guys fresh. The solid bench play has made this possible. I would like to see them bring Phelps back. Move Freddie to the pen for long relief, and try to ease up on Soriano if he can. For example, with the lead we have, I might have passed on using him last night. Fortunately he only threw a few pitches, but he did have to warm up, etc…

    18. July 18th, 2012 | 2:27 pm

      They are going to run Soriano out there too much.

      He wants every save that he can get because it’s $ to him when he opts out. And, the Yankees don’t care about blowing out his arm, for next season, because they know he is going to opt out.

      At this rate, he may get 50 saves.

    19. G.I. Joey
      July 18th, 2012 | 3:33 pm

      What’s so likeable about Robertson? Seems like another a charitable self-promoter with High Socks for Hope, no?

    20. July 18th, 2012 | 3:43 pm

      G.I. Joey wrote:

      What’s so likeable about Robertson?

      Homegrown kid. Undersized. Seems accountable. Seems thrilled to be in the big leagues. What’s not to like?

    21. July 18th, 2012 | 3:44 pm

      That said, FWIW, I would like to see less of his wife.

      And, that’s not personal. I would like to see less of all their wives.

    22. G.I. Joey
      July 18th, 2012 | 3:50 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      That said, FWIW, I would like to see less of his wife.
      And, that’s not personal. I would like to see less of all their wives.

      I don’t have a problem with him, but was just curious to know what you like about him.

      I’m not a big fan of the wives clique myself and would like to see less of them as well.

    23. MJ Recanati
      July 18th, 2012 | 4:36 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      they know he is going to opt out.

      He may, he may not. He’s guaranteed $14M next year and I wonder if anyone (other than morons like Levine/Trost/Steinbrenner) would hand out such a contract to him. I suppose he could find 3Y/$18M on the market and take the security of the extra two years and extra $4M but, if I were him, I’d think long and hard about staying in New York becaue he could end up looking at 1Y/$7M or 2Y/$14M which is what closers (other than Papelbon)* were signing for last winter.

      *Ruben Amaro screwed the pooch on that one.

    24. MJ Recanati
      July 18th, 2012 | 4:38 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      And, that’s not personal. I would like to see less of all their wives.

      Would you like to see less of Mrs. Murcer, Mrs. Munson, Mrs. Hunter or any of the other alumni wives?

      What’s the difference between the wife of an active Yankee and the wife of a retired or deceased Yankee?

    25. July 18th, 2012 | 4:55 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Would you like to see less of Mrs. Murcer, Mrs. Munson, Mrs. Hunter or any of the other alumni wives? What’s the difference between the wife of an active Yankee and the wife of a retired or deceased Yankee?

      FWIW, I could do without seeing Mrs. Billy Martin. The others: Munson, Murcer, Hunter, Howard – that’s fine. Their husband’s died too young and it’s nice that they are there to represent them.

      But, there’s a huge difference between many players wives today and those who were married to players and coaches from the 1970s.

      Today, too many baseball wives consider themselves to be part of their husband’s star. They all have twitter accounts. And, many of them speak for their husbands. (IRCC, Robertson’s wife had a tweet this year moaning about how her husband was used in a game.)

      Baseball wives should be rarely seen and never heard, IMHO. But, that’s not the case today. Just the fact that I know the first names of Sabathia’s and Swisher’s wife means they’re out there too much. (Ditto Posada’s wife.)

    26. 77yankees
      July 19th, 2012 | 3:37 am

      @ Steve L.:

      Something always skeeved me about Jill Martin too. On one hand you can say she married Billy for the money, but then again he never struck me as a sock his money away in a 401k type.

      IIRC, wasn’t she the reason Billy went out boozing on Christmas Day to begin with because of a marital spat? And didn’t she try to file a wrongful death suit against the guy who claimed he was driving the car which was discovered was not the case – it was Billy at the wheel?

    27. July 19th, 2012 | 9:24 am

      Billy could pick ‘em.

      When he was managing the Yankees, at one point, he had a thing going with a girl in the Bronx who was underage – way underage – and the Yankees were shitting it. No sure that could have kept that under wraps today.

    28. MJ Recanati
      July 20th, 2012 | 8:27 am

      @ Steve L.:
      Which is why when people talk about how the Yankees should operate with class and not have players that may besmirch the franchise’s sterling reputation I can only laugh.

      Billy Martin was as beloved a member of the organization as there’s ever been and yet he was a drunk and, apparently, a pedophile too. Classy.

    29. July 20th, 2012 | 8:57 am

      It’s all about production.

      If you can produce, then it’s OK. See: Ruth, Babe. Mantle, Mickey.

      But, when you cannot produce at superior levels, then you better not do stupid things or get into trouble.

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