As one poster said it best..this team has first round exit written all over it that is if they can hold on to this lead which I have my doubts. This team is looking more and more like it built this season with smoke and mirrors as we get closer and closer to the final stretch.
That's exactly what EVERYBODY said about the 2000 Yankees, who finished the regular season losing 15 of their last 18 games and finished with a record of 87-74.
They, as I recall, hmmm…what was it… won the World Series!
Just a little perspective.
You'd think they haven't watch major league baseball for very long, the way they're hitting the panic buttons.
Not a time to make dire predictions, not in July.
There will always be rough stretches like this. Remember, this team seemed dead in the water in late May when they were 21-21.
How they respond to this rough stretch will help us see what kind of team we have here.
Watch yourself, pal.
"Just last year, the Cardinals were nowhere near the playoff picture going into September and came back to win the World Series. People need to lighten up and realize this season is far from over. "
That also goes to prove that our division lead isn't insurmountable.
Doesn't necessarily matter what the Yankees exactly do right now, the fact of the matter is that they need to go into the playoffs hot. Best teams don't win the world series, the hottest teams at the time do.
For all we know, the Orioles could slip into the playoffs, get red freakin' hot and then destroy everyone in October.
The 2000 Yankees hit .277 as a team and .273 with RISP in the regular season. In the ALDS, though they hit .244, .302 with RISP. ALCS: .279 average, .264 with RISP. Their RISP average fell to .209 in the world series, .263 average. Six of the teams 11 postseason home runs came in the ALCS versus Seattle.
Pitching: 3.44 postseason combined era. They had a bend but don't break pitching staff, giving up 125 hits.
I get what you're trying to say, but I don't see those type of numbers coming from this year's team.