• 2012 Yankees, 2003 Cubs & 1972 Athletics

    Posted by on September 19th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Yes, three teams that have never been in my kitchen, and this too, via the Post

    Manager Joe Girardi called the lack of ninth-inning comebacks this season by the Yankees “somewhat surprising” when asked about it over the weekend. It also could be somewhat disturbing for a team trying to get into the playoffs.

    The Yankees head into tonight’s series opener against the Blue Jays in The Bronx 0-54 when they trail after eight innings.

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to reach the postseason winless in those situations was the Cubs in 2003, who went 0-64, but won the NL Central with an 88-74 record. They went on to reach the NLCS before losing to the Marlins in the series made memorable by Steve Bartman.

    The prospect of the Yankees reaching a World Series without any late-inning dramatics is even more daunting.

    The 1972 Athletics, with Reggie Jackson, went 0-for-46 before winning the first of three straight titles. No team in the same circumstances has gotten to the Fall Classic since then.

    Although the Yankees have eight victories when they have been behind after seven innings, Girardi acknowledged it was fair to knock the team for coming up empty in the ninth and beyond.

    “We haven’t had any [wins],” he said. “I don’t think it’s unfair.”

    Of course, the Yankees still have 16 games to play this season.

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