• Most Wins, First 25 Games, Since 1998

    Posted by on May 4th, 2015 · Comments (11)

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    Yes, they are off to a great start.  But, it’s not that much different from last year.

    Comments on Most Wins, First 25 Games, Since 1998

    1. KPOcala
      May 4th, 2015 | 7:24 pm

      ‘The Yankees hit too many home runs. The Yankees have to many slugging, poor athletes. They have too many stars. They buy championships. Hal is too cheap. Cashman always gets fleeced, the worst minor league scouts and teachers in baseball…..’ Being a Yankee Fan requires self-flagellation, certainly. But what’s interesting about that list is that a very high percentage of those teams actually made the playoffs, and if memory serves, six made it into the World Series. Are they this good? Probably not. But if Tanaka makes it make “in form”, and maybe another bad added, hell, worse teams have won the WS……..

    2. Evan3457
      May 4th, 2015 | 7:40 pm

      Well it’s considerably different in one respect…

      2014: 15-10. Runs scored: 107; Runs allowed: 115. Pyth WPct: .464 Pyth Record 12-13. Actual Record: 15-10. “Luck Factor”: +3.4 wins.

      2015: 16-9. Runs Scored: 124; Runs allowed: 93. Pyth WPct: .640, Pyth Record 16-9. Actual Record: 16-9. “Luck Factor”: 0

    3. jerryran
      May 4th, 2015 | 9:55 pm
    4. May 5th, 2015 | 8:43 am

      It’s the Tampa fake.

      Yankees are 16-10.
      But, they are 11-9 when not playing the Rays.
      And, last time I checked, they won’t play more than 20 games against the Rays this season.

    5. KPOcala
      May 5th, 2015 | 12:47 pm

      @ Steve L.: “Always look on the bright side….” ;)

    6. Evan3457
      May 5th, 2015 | 7:41 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      It’s the Tampa fake.
      Yankees are 16-10.
      But, they are 11-9 when not playing the Rays.
      And, last time I checked, they won’t play more than 20 games against the Rays this season.

      Interesting. Because the Rays are 13-7 when not playing the Yanks, scoring 83 runs and allowing 66.

      Maybe the whole AL East isn’t good this year.

    7. Evan3457
      May 5th, 2015 | 7:44 pm

      The Yanks are also 15-7 when not playing the Jays, scoring 116 runs and allowing 78.

      You know what? Maybe it’s too early to be talking about this shiite.

    8. KPOcala
      May 5th, 2015 | 10:37 pm

      @ Evan3457: I’ll “second” you, Evan….

    9. KPOcala
      May 5th, 2015 | 10:42 pm

      BTW, I just saw that Strasburg had to leave the game after the third inning. All this “scientific analysis”, not to mention the media pundits really seem have nailed it when it comes to coddling pitchers. When Nolan Ryan came aboard as the Ranger’s GM, his first “commandment” was that the pitchers were going to run, and run plenty. They had quite a stretch of healthy pitching. Legs get tired, it puts more strain on the rest of the body. Maybe he was on to something….

    10. Evan3457
      May 5th, 2015 | 11:56 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      BTW, I just saw that Strasburg had to leave the game after the third inning. All this “scientific analysis”, not to mention the media pundits really seem have nailed it when it comes to coddling pitchers. When Nolan Ryan came aboard as the Ranger’s GM, his first “commandment” was that the pitchers were going to run, and run plenty. They had quite a stretch of healthy pitching. Legs get tired, it puts more strain on the rest of the body. Maybe he was on to something….

      I dunno. After a couple of solid seasons (2010-2011), every starter except CJ Wilson on that Rangers’ staff broke down, and broke down severely. Wilson had a bad season last year.

      Colby Lewis tore a flexor tendon, and missed half of 2012 and all of 2013. He was a shadow of his former self last year, though he’s off to a decent start this year.

      Derek Holland missed a month in 2012 with shoulder fatigue. He had a poor year in 2012, recovered with a good year in 2013, suffered the freak fall and had microfracture surgery on his knee last year, and this year, he’s on the 60-day DL with a strained subscapularis muscle in his pitching shoulder. The fall was just bad luck, but the other two injuries might not be.

      Matt Harrison missed all of 2013 with a herniated disk and thoracic outlet surgery. Then he missed almost all of 2014 with three different arm/back related injuries that finally resulted in spinal fusion surgery. He wont be back until the All-Star game at the earliest.

      Alexi Ogando went back to the bullpen in 2012 and did OK. His only injury that year was a groin strain. The Rangers had to put him back in the rotation in 2013, and he suffered three different shoulder injuries, missing half the season. They put him back in the pen in 2014, and he suffered a UCL sprain that knocked him out of action for about 2/3 of the season.

      In addition:

      Neftali Feliz tore his UCL, and missed almost all of 2013 and 2014 recovering from TJ surgery.

      Yu Darvish dominated the AL for 2 1/2 seasons. He’s now out for all of 2015; torn UCL, TJ surgery.

      Martin Perez was the Rangers top SP prospect for several years. His arm was fractured by a batted ball in 2013, and that may or may not have lead to him tearing his UCL and having TJ surgery that put him out for most of 2014, and all of 2015 so far. He might be back this summer sometime.

      Tanner Scheppers was a top Rangers relief prospect. He was outstanding in 2013, but in 2014, he missed most of the season with what was called elbow inflammation. He’s back this year, and after getting off to a very poor start, the Rangers sent him back to AAA in April.

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      Now, maybe Nolan Ryan was right, but you sure can’t tell that by the fate of the Rangers’ rotation (and relievers) that led them to two straight pennants. I can’t say that was he said was wrong, but there’s no evidence that he’s right.

    11. KPOcala
      May 6th, 2015 | 9:15 am

      @ Evan3457:By the time the pitchers started to break down, Ryan was either partially or totally out of the picture. So, yeah, could have been a fluke, but “maybe” not……

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