After their win on July 18th this season, the New York Yankees, on a run where they won 9 of 11 games, sat on top of the world in the American League standings:
In fact, at the close of business on July 18th, the Yankees had a big, fat, ten game lead in the A.L. East.
After opening the 2012 season where they only played .500 ball over their first 42 games (going 21-21), the Yankees were a juggernaut going 36-13 from May 22nd through July 18th. And, then, since that time, New York has crapped their own bed.
Look at how the American League teams (who are currently still have a chance at a 2012 post-season berth) have done since July 19th of this season (to date, including yesterday’s games):
As you can see, the Yankees have played the worst baseball of these eight remaining contending teams. And, they have now allowed the Baltimore Orioles to gain 8 games in the A.L. East standings since July 19th.
Further, the Yankees are now at risk of not making the post-season in 2012 – at all – if they choke up the lead in the A.L. East since there are more than two teams close to them in terms of their overall record.
To say that the Yankees have been a horror since July 18th this season may be an understatement.
Of course, they can turn this around by playing better over the next four weeks. But, why should anyone in Yankeeland expect that now, based on what we have seen over the last 43 games?