• Joe Girardi Spits In The Face Of Pythagorean

    Posted by on May 19th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    For reals.

    Look at the Yankees run differential last year. Look at it this season. Look at what the Yankees Pythagorean W-L% was last year and is this season, to date. Then, look at their actual won-loss records.

    Somehow, Joe Girardi gets his team to win more games than they should…or, have a right to win.

    At some point, the MSM and others have to give him props for this, no?

    Comments on Joe Girardi Spits In The Face Of Pythagorean

    1. #15
      May 19th, 2014 | 10:58 am

      Bravo for highlighting this.

      Yep. Joe realizes when a contest is lost…. let it go without a fight. Rest your vets, save your key pen components as much as possible, and fight another day. Same thing on big wins. The important thing is for the manager to get the guys to buy into this and just let yesterday’s game (horrible or great) slip away and thus not cause a team slump.

      Blowout losses still only count as one loss. Blowout wins don’t help you win tomorrow. This is the flaw, afterall, in the Pythagorean metric.

      You just have to have resiliance after you get beat up. The recent series with the Mets is a good example.

    2. Mr. October
      May 19th, 2014 | 11:48 am

      “Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn’t score any runs.” – Tim McCarver

      If Team Cashman manages to win the A.L. East and get to the postseason with 87 wins, this starting rotation will need a lot more luck than the great 2005-07 rotations (e.g. 40-year old Brown, 42-year old Johnson, 44-year old Clemens, Chacon, Wright, etc.) provided in the postseason, for example; especially with the offensive production this team’s $283 million investment in Ellsbury, Beltran, and McCan’t has provided through the third week of May and in its first year…

    3. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2014 | 7:21 pm

      Somehow, Joe Girardi gets his team to win more games than they should…or, have a right to win.

      Not really.

      2008: +2, 89 wins vs a Pythangorean 87
      2009: +8, 103 wins vs 95
      2010: -2, 95 wins vs 97
      2011: -4, 97 wins vs 101
      2012: Even, both 95
      2013: +6, 85 wins vs 79
      2014: +2 so far

      Total for 6+ seasons: +8, or a little better than 1 extra win a year.

    4. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2014 | 7:26 pm

      #15 wrote:

      The recent series with the Mets is a good example.

      Actually, in the recent 2-2 series with the Mets, The Mets outscored the Yanks 21-19, so really, a 2-2 result would’ve been expected by the Pythagorean Method. Or 1.8 wins and 2.2 losses.

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