Last Night’s Loss: Keeping Things In Perspective

Last night’s loss to the Red Sox seems to have upset people a little more than usual. I’m not sure if it’s because it was against the Red Sox, the fact that they had two leads and blew both, or if they are just tired of Phil Hughes. Whatever the reason there is a lot of negativity going around.

The thing is, things aren’t as bad as they seem.

The Yankees are still very comfortable in their hunt for the playoffs. They are 7.5 games ahead of the Rays for the Wild-Card and nine ahead of the Angels with neither team really looking poised to make a playoff run.

So the Yankees are getting into the playoffs. Maybe it’s the losses that are piling up against the Red Sox. Their 3-11 record agaisnt them is pretty hard to look at and it makes it seem as if the Red Sox are substantially better than them. However, it is important to remember that they are not. They are two very closely matched teams.

Both teams have a wRC+ of 119 while their team ERA’s are barely different with the Yankees edging them out 3.69 to 3.87. Take away their head to head records and the Yankees have a big edge at 78-42 against 72-49. It’s safe to say that the two are closer in skill level than their record against each other shows.

There is also the problem with Hughes and A.J. Burnett that has everyone upset. It’s important to remember though that this is a good team’s problem. No other team has a fan base fretting over who their no. 5 and no. 6 starters are going to be. That’s a good problem to have and one that disappears completely come playoff time. So maybe fans who are getting so upset over these two need to step back and look at other team’s fifth starters. I know more was expected of these two, but it is what it is and other pitchers have stepped up.

The Yankees have a good team, a damn good team. They are absolutely crushing the ball offensively and their pitching has, despite the failure of two pitchers who were supposed to play big roles, exceeded all expectations. They have question marks, but so does everybody. The Red Sox have issues, the Phillies have issues, that’s baseball.

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5 Responses to Last Night’s Loss: Keeping Things In Perspective

  1. David K. says:

    I think people are really getting sick of getting mauled by the Red Sox. What's going to happen if we get to the ALCS and have to face them? It's true anything can happen in baseball but I'd say we would need a miracle to beat this team in a best of seven. Have you noticed that we can't get any of their lesser hitters out, as well as the heavy hitters. Guys like Lowrie, Crawford, Varitek and a bunch of others I cant even remember all of their names off the top of my head, they are all hitting Yankee pitching like a pinata. One thing's for sure, to beat these guys, our pitchers have to stop making stupid mistakes and start making quality pitches. I'm not sure we can beat them even if we pitch well: I thought C.C. had very good stuff and pretty good control and pitched very well but the umpire was squeezing him and the Sox were having a lot of great at bats against him. If he can barely hold them down when he's pitching really well, it's tough to see how we would win a short series against Boston.

    • Well for one thing Phil Hughes will not be starting against the Red Sox. Neither will AJ Burnett. So I wouldn't get too worked up about it. Remember, you are only as good as that days pitcher.

  2. Fred says:

    I don't think Hughes is quite done yet either. Its not like he was just mauled like the some of his other starts… And he started out alright. Factor in that a lot of the runs came after he was hit in the eye by a moth and then Varitek's lucky break down the 3rd base line.

    Sure it wasn't pretty, but I wouldn't be too surprised if he bounced back. Maybe not in time to restore faith in him for this year's playoffs, but hopefully for his future in pinstripes.

    Burnett on the other hand… Well I'll be watching with my hands over my eyes tonight.

    • hardnose says:

      I agree. Phil Hughes is a young man who showed enormous potential in the minors and during earlier parts of his career…my guess is that if AJ continues to pitch well (now in the 4th), he will get the 5th spot…Hughes may find himself in the bullpen and possibly not a bad place for him to be as he's had very good success in 2009…i got to hope that he has a better 2012…i've also wondered what losing Dave Eiland meant to him…

  3. Mike Sommer says:

    The 1988 Dodgers were 1-11 vs. the Mets in the regular season. The NLCS? Different story.