Saturday, August 29, 2015
Posted by el duque at 6:27 AM
Fifteen runs. Woop woop. But will that be it? Did our heroes salt their stats to compensate for last week's malaise against Cleveland... or, worse, in advance of their visit to the soreheads of Boston?
How about a little EMPIRICAL RESEARCH, baby, YEP, SCIENTIFIC NUMBER STUFF:
Here are the Yankee blowouts of the 2015 season, followed by their achievements over the next four games.
April 12: 14-4 over Boston. Next four: Average 5 runs, go 2-2.
April 22: 13-4 over Detroit. Next four: Average 4 runs, go 3-1.
May 11: 11-5 over Tampa. Next four: Average 1.2 runs, miserable, get swept 0-4.
May 25: 14-1 over KC. Next four: Average 4.7 runs, go 2-2.
June 20: 14-3 over Detroit: Next four: Average 7 runs, go 1-3. (Pitching breaks down.)
July 28: 21-5 over Texas: Next four: Average 5.5 runs, go 1-3. (This includes another blowout, as follows)
July 31: 13-6 over Chicago, Aug 2: 12-3 over Chicago, Aug. 3: 13-3 over Boston: Huge explosion of runs, everybody happy, YES/Fox News projects Yankees to win AL East! Next seven games: Average 1.3 runs, go 1-6. Yeuch.
Conclusion: Screw this science crap.
You can make numbers jump through hoops. Here's what my penis says: Whenever the 2015 Yankees get hot, they follow it up by going cold. They are a slightly-better than .500 team. Back in May and June, when the AL East chewed moose root, that seemed good enough. Then Toronto traded for Tulo and Price. Ever since, we have been wild carders.
Nothing has changed about the Yankees, other than the fact that Toronto cannot seem to lose. If the Jays keep it up, the Division race is over.