The Biggest April Series In Recent Memory?

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

5 thoughts on “The Biggest April Series In Recent Memory?

  1. Far from a perfect analogy, and this is not really intended to dispute anything you've said here, but interesting to point out nonetheless…Remember in 2009, when the Yankees lost their first eight consecutive games to the Red Sox? I didn't really imagine at that point that they'd go on to win the World Series.

    • LarryAtIIATMS

      Actually, I think that's pretty close to a perfect analogy. With the current unbalanced schedule, the Yankees play six series each year with the Red Sox. A good rule of thumb is that unless one team or the other is eliminated from contention, each series is more important than the series that came before. I agree with Brien that the Red Sox 0-6 start makes this particular April series kind of unique, and every game in this rivalry is important. But unless this is going to be a VERY odd season, it only gets bigger from here.

      • BrienJackson

        I wouldn't say it's irrelevant, but I don't think it's entirely the same by any means. Not having a win against a certain team in your division after 8 games against them isn't good, but it's not the same as being seven games behind them in the standings by any means.

        And the 2009 Yankees put up a pretty ridiculous pace of winning after July 1st too. Not something you want to bank on by any means.

    • Leo

      I think that it's somewhat irrelevant to bring up how the Yankees where 0-8 in their first 8 games against the Red Sox. At the point when they lost that 8th game they were 34-18 against everyone else they had played, and just 2 games behind the Red Sox for 1st. My point being that while the Yankees were futile against the Red Sox, they had been taking care of business elsewhere, thus allowing them to keep the division within grasp. I just think the point of the post was that you never want to build to big of a hole for yourself early on; because regardless of how small the sample size, the games count, and it's that much more work left to do as the season rolls on. I liked the analogy.

      • BrienJackson

        "I just think the point of the post was that you never want to build to big of a hole for yourself early on; because regardless of how small the sample size, the games count, and it's that much more work left to do as the season rolls on. "

        Exactly. And it's especially hard if the Yankees don't suffer too many major injuries or have a collapse of their own.

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