The Yankees Recent Success: A Mirage

If you haven’t looked at the AL Wild Card Standings in a while, than it may surprise you to see that the Yankees are only 4.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians. After a terrible first half of the season, the Yankees have returned to form. Since the All Star break they are 11-3, including their current five game winning streak. Even more impressive is the scores of the games. Their overpriced lineup and $150 million pitching staff both have excelled in recent week. During this stretch, the Yankees have outscored their opponents 108-58. Unfortunately, that is where the good statistics end. The competition has been horrible, as the Yanks have played eight games against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, four against the Toronto Blue Jays, and now two against the Kansas City Royals. The 108-58 advantage on the scoreboard is only, because of two lopsided victories over the Devil Rays (17-5 and 21-4). The scoreboard and record are both deceiving, but that doesn’t mean that the Yankees haven’t improved, right? Continue reading “The Yankees Recent Success: A Mirage”