20 thoughts on “Game 159: Does this team even deserve to be in the playoffs?

  1. Well it's only the first inning and the blue jays are playing like they have a play off spot. Hughes can't even get his curve all over and he is giving up long fly balls. This isn't a team I look forward to watching in the playoffs. In 2009, they were magical. You knew they would win. If after the sixth inning , we are losing. I give up and count it as a loss,

  2. This team is shot. They make the wild card game simply because of the mathematics, but they're out in a hurry. And this team is displaying all the signs that the Red Sox did last year. I don't think the Yanks will lose 90+ games next year, but a season right around .500 isn't out of the question, either.

    Just saw the Lawrie home run. They're done. BIg time changes will be made. Count on it.

  3. Yeah, this post and the comments here are pretty disgusting. The Yanks have had a blast of injuries and are still a game out of first place in the league, boasting the best run differential in the league. I get that the last month has been tough, but… that's baseball. I expect better from this site, honestly…

  4. Anyone know our record against Texas? I counted 4-3 for us, but we had to play more then 7 games, yes? A swwep og the Sox and we may well have best record in the AL (as Texas plays Oakland in Oakland).

  5. If NY wins the division or the wild card they deserve to be in the playoffs. That simple. It's a long season and oddly enough all of it counts. Breast-beating at this point does no good. Make the playoffs and it's a whole new season.

    NY isn't a perfect team, but I don't see a perfect team out there. As fans let's just relax and enjoy the drama. Hopefully it leads to the post season, "another bag" as Marley would sing.

    Relax, lively up yourself, enjoy, root hard. Otherwise fandom just isn't worth it.

  6. Anyone here know the Yanks' W-L percentage for the month of September? .607. Maybe the game has changed since I last wrote stuff around here, but in my day a .607 winning percentage was considered to be good baseball.

    The Yanks posted the same record in September as Oakland. Yeah, the O's had the best record in the A.L in September, but they gained exactly two games on the Yanks in September. The Yanks had a better record in September than the Tigers, Rangers, Nats, Cards and Reds.

    Everyone here needs to take a deep cleansing breath. Inhale to a count of five. Exhale to a count of ten. Repeat as necessary.

  7. Some more rationality.

    On the hitting side of the ledger, the Yanks have the best wOBA in baseball, and they're tied with the Rangers for the top spot in slugging. If you prefer wRC+ to wOBA, then the Yanks have the second best wRC+ in baseball, trailing the Angels by one point.

    Turn to pitching. The Yanks are fifth in the A.L. in team E.R.A. — a ways behind the A's, but only .07 behind the Tigers and ahead of the O's and Rangers. But the numbers look better if you (like me) prefer advanced statistics — the Yanks are third in the A.L in team xFIP and third in team SIERA — in each case behind the Tigers but ahead of the other three likely playoff teams.

    On the question of "what have you done for me lately" — in September, the Yanks were fourth in the A.L. in team xFIP and fifth in team SIERA, in each case ahead of the Os and As. They were third in team wOBA and tied for third in team wRC+ in September.

    I don't mean to get all rational on y'all … but if five teams deserve to make the playoffs, and the Yanks are no worse than 4th in any of the categories I've mentioned, I think the team is "deserving".