• The Horror That Yankeeland Has Been Since July 18th

    Posted by on September 3rd, 2012 · Comments (8)

    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:

    Tm W L W-L% GB
    NYY 57 34 .626
    TEX 55 36 .604 2
    CHW 50 41 .549 7
    LAA 50 42 .543 7.5
    DET 48 44 .522 9.5
    CLE 47 44 .516 10
    BAL 47 44 .516 10
    OAK 47 44 .516 10
    TBR 47 45 .511 10.5
    BOS 47 45 .511 10.5
    TOR 45 47 .489 12.5
    KCR 39 51 .433 17.5
    MIN 38 53 .418 19
    SEA 39 54 .419 19

    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):

    Team W L W%
    Athletics 30 13 .698
    Orioles 28 15 .651
    Rays 26 17 .605
    Tigers 25 17 .595
    Rangers 24 19 .558
    White Sox 22 21 .512
    Angels 21 22 .488
    Yankees 20 23 .465

    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?

    Comments on The Horror That Yankeeland Has Been Since July 18th

    1. September 3rd, 2012 | 9:35 am

      I usually don’t call out WW readers/commenters, but, now, I would really like to hear from the following on the current state of the Yankees:

      Mr. Faded Glory
      Pat F

      Where are you guys lately?

    2. Raf
      September 3rd, 2012 | 9:46 am

      I think MJ’s on vacation. In my experience, last week of August is usually a big week for taking vacation.

      We’re wrapping up Labor Day weekend, so I’d imagine that they’ll all be online, or at least on this site within the next couple of days.

    3. September 3rd, 2012 | 9:56 am

      Of course, any and all are welcome to share their thoughts/comments here on this post and/or the current state of Yankees baseball.

    4. LMJ229
      September 3rd, 2012 | 10:27 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      But, why should anyone in Yankeeland expect that now, based on what we have seen over the last 43 games?

      We shouldn’t expect it. The Yankees have shown us over and over again that they are not worthy of such high expectations. This team is disgusting to watch right now. One thing is for sure: if they continue to play the way they have for the last 43 games, they absolutely will not make the playoffs. The way they are playing right now, I don’t have any reason to feel otherwise. I’m not even sure I can watch the game today – I’m too sick of being aggravated.

    5. Evan3457
      September 3rd, 2012 | 10:47 am

      They’re playing badly right now, no doubt about it.

      Still have a 2 game lead. Still have time to turn it around. It would help if they started to hit better, but right now, no one on the team is hot, not even Jeter. This last turn through the rotation even Sabathia and Kuroda didn’t get it done.

      If nobody’s hitting and nobody’s pitching, then yes, they will continue to lose games.

    6. ken
      September 3rd, 2012 | 12:04 pm

      This is more hope than logic but the bright side: all AL contending teams have had ups and downs. Despite NYY’s bad play Tampa has done nothing to catch up (both 4-6 last 10 games). BAL will cool down. Leaders in Central and West have also been inconsistent. (Remember TEX losing 3/4 at NYY not too long ago?) LAA are out of playoffs right now. DET was swept in 3 game series this past week by KC.

      Not to say that things will definitely turn around but nobody is running away with anything yet.

    7. Greg H.
      September 3rd, 2012 | 12:22 pm

      It’s been difficult to watch, that’s for sure. Yesterday especially, Hughes coughing up a 3-1 lead was absolutely ugly. The O’s have some incredibly lopsided metrics in their favor right now, and who knows how long they can keep this up, but the bottom line is they are playing much better baseball that NY as of today. I have to think some of this is because the entire middle of the lineup is sitting out, but that’s not an excuse. The middle of the lineup didn’t give up that lead yesterday.

    8. Raf
      September 3rd, 2012 | 10:13 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      The middle of the lineup didn’t give up that lead yesterday.

      They didn’t add to it either.

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