• 26-25

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 · Comments (17)

    Yup, in their last 51 games, from July 29th through and including September 22nd, the Yankees are 26-25. That’s not exactly streaking towards the post-season, is it? I mean…51 games is like one-third of the season. So, don’t waive any sample size flags here. How can anyone get excited about this level of play?

    Comments on 26-25

    1. September 23rd, 2015 | 10:42 am

      Really, the Yankees got fat this year beating the Rays and the Red Sox. They’re 10 games over playing those two teams. That’s 22-12.

    2. Raf
      September 23rd, 2015 | 12:18 pm

      Good enough for 3rd best record in the league, and a wild card if the season ended today.

    3. #15
      September 23rd, 2015 | 12:23 pm

      They have also had a pretty tough schedule in August and July.

      My main complaint about the 2015 team is they didn’t do enough to get better at the trade deadline. Moves that might have edged them forward by 2 or 3 wins would look huge right now. I look back at how they underperformed against Cleveland in August (four 1 run losses!!!!) and grit my teeth. Still, overall, the have outperformed most of the early expectations by a wide margins, have been fun to watch more often than not, and are going to be in the post season. Not a great team by any measure, but good enough to keep it interesting. If they can somehow manage to steal one tonight, the home vs. away schedules the rest of the way tilt toward us.

      I’m in NY over the weekend and will be going to the games on Friday and Sat. wearing my 8 jersey.

      RIP Yogi.

    4. Evan3457
      September 23rd, 2015 | 12:29 pm

      I wouldn’t say I’m “excited” actually, but they throw in a win like last Monday, or Sunday, or last night ever so often, and that sorta makes up for some of the frustrating losses like the 2nd game of the Orioles series, the first game of the double header vs. the Jays, and the 2nd game of the Rays series.

      Mediocre finish or not, they still are on pace to win about 90, and that’s at the upper limit of what I figured they’d do this year.

      Obviously, their post-season prospects appear to be limited by erratically performing starting pitchers (Pineda vs Jays vs Pineda vs Mets, and like that), but overall this season has been more enjoyable than the last two, that’s for sure.

    5. Evan3457
      September 23rd, 2015 | 2:28 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Really, the Yankees got fat this year beating the Rays and the Red Sox. They’re 10 games over playing those two teams. That’s 22-12.

      Both of those teams are essentially .500 teams when not playing the Yankees. They both have positive run differentials when not playing the Yanks. I mean, it’s not like the Yankees are the Mets, who are 35-9 against the Reds, Rockies, Braves and Phillies, and 7 games under against everyone else.

    6. JeremyM
      September 24th, 2015 | 7:44 am

      I’ve enjoyed the season. There have been a few frustrating losses, certainly, but on balance, this has been a fun year. Let’s hope it keeps going for awhile… And I certainly have no qualms about “getting fat” on the Red Sox.

    7. Greg H.
      September 24th, 2015 | 10:49 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      I’ve enjoyed the season. There have a few frustrating losses, certainly, but on balance, this has been a fun year. Let’s hope it keeps going for awhile… And I certainly have no qualms about “getting fat” on the Red Sox.

      Amen.

    8. KPOcala
      September 24th, 2015 | 11:40 pm

      Hey! At the beginning of the year, many pundits, figured that the Yanks would lose possibly ninety games. Had they only picked up a couple of durable pitchers, and they’d be in first place right now. The next two years could be brutal, though…. Oh, and if Greg Bird doesn’t turn into to Kevin Maas, Shane Spencer, Brian Dayett…. And Severino’s shoulder doesn’t tear away, we might be in for a pleasant surprise. But Beltran and Arod, the wheels have to fall off SOME time, right?

    9. Evan3457
      September 25th, 2015 | 1:21 am

      KPOcala wrote:

      Hey! At the beginning of the year, many pundits, figured that the Yanks would lose possibly ninety games. Had they only picked up a couple of durable pitchers, and they’d be in first place right now. The next two years could be brutal, though…. Oh, and if Greg Bird doesn’t turn into to Kevin Maas, Shane Spencer, Brian Dayett…. And Severino’s shoulder doesn’t tear away, we might be in for a pleasant surprise. But Beltran and Arod, the wheels have to fall off SOME time, right?

      Mr. Beltran says “not yet” with a game winner into the first row in left in the 3rd inning off of Sale. The first time they’ve ever handed Sale a loss.

    10. LMJ229
      September 26th, 2015 | 9:52 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I mean, it’s not like the Yankees are the Mets, who are 35-9 against the Reds, Rockies, Braves and Phillies, and 7 games under against everyone else.

      Amen.

    11. LMJ229
      September 26th, 2015 | 10:06 am

      KPOcala wrote:

      Hey! At the beginning of the year, many pundits, figured that the Yanks would lose possibly ninety games. Had they only picked up a couple of durable pitchers, and they’d be in first place right now. The next two years could be brutal, though…. Oh, and if Greg Bird doesn’t turn into to Kevin Maas, Shane Spencer, Brian Dayett…. And Severino’s shoulder doesn’t tear away, we might be in for a pleasant surprise. But Beltran and Arod, the wheels have to fall off SOME time, right?

      It looks like the wheels have already fallen off of ARod. Beltran has made a nice comeback this year – to my surprise. My biggest concern is the guys at the top of the order – Ellsbury hasn’t earned any of that big contract we gave him and Gardner has dropped off the face of the earth since he made the All-Star team. We’re 5 games up with 9 left to play. With the expanded roster I’d like to see Girardi give Gardner a few days off to rejuvenate him. He should do that for Chase Headley too who also hasn’t come close to earning his big contract.

    12. Evan3457
      September 26th, 2015 | 2:20 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      KPOcala wrote:
      Hey! At the beginning of the year, many pundits, figured that the Yanks would lose possibly ninety games. Had they only picked up a couple of durable pitchers, and they’d be in first place right now. The next two years could be brutal, though…. Oh, and if Greg Bird doesn’t turn into to Kevin Maas, Shane Spencer, Brian Dayett…. And Severino’s shoulder doesn’t tear away, we might be in for a pleasant surprise. But Beltran and Arod, the wheels have to fall off SOME time, right?
      It looks like the wheels have already fallen off of ARod. Beltran has made a nice comeback this year – to my surprise. My biggest concern is the guys at the top of the order – Ellsbury hasn’t earned any of that big contract we gave him and Gardner has dropped off the face of the earth since he made the All-Star team. We’re 5 games up with 9 left to play. With the expanded roster I’d like to see Girardi give Gardner a few days off to rejuvenate him. He should do that for Chase Headley too who also hasn’t come close to earning his big contract.

      You can put in Heathcott for Gardner and see what happens.
      The only substitutes for Headley are {gulp!} Drew or Ryan.

    13. Evan3457
      September 26th, 2015 | 7:35 pm

      Yanks win and their magic number is now 4. They took the two games they had to in this series. They need two more on this homestand. That oughta get it done.

    14. LMJ229
      September 27th, 2015 | 10:13 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Wouldn’t mind seeing Heathcott for Gardner for a good 3 day stint just to give Gardner an extended rest. With the way Headley has been swinging the bat I wouldn’t mind seeing Drew or Ryan in there for awhile too. Just for a breather that is until the post season starts.
      Since it looks like we might clinch a WC spot with a few games left I imagine Girardi will be resting quite a few guys.

    15. LMJ229
      September 29th, 2015 | 11:16 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Really, the Yankees got fat this year beating the Rays and the Red Sox. They’re 10 games over playing those two teams. That’s 22-12.

      So much for beating the Red Sox …

    16. JeremyM
      September 30th, 2015 | 8:25 am

      Yeah, even though they have played .500 ball over the last ten games, this stretch hasn’t been much with all of the stranded runners and eking out those five wins. The guys seem to be up there turning their bats into sawdust when their are runners on–A-Rod in particular swung out of his shoes with the bases loaded the other day when he is usually much more disciplined, especially with the sacks full.

      Gardner needs to see some pine for awhile. Let’s give some fresh legs a shot for a few days, I agree with LMJ above.

    17. LMJ229
      September 30th, 2015 | 11:45 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      Yeah, even though they have played .500 ball over the last ten games, this stretch hasn’t been much with all of the stranded runners and eking out those five wins.

      Talk about stranded runners … and you posted that before tonight’s abomination!

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