Tuesday, May 22, 2012
NEW YORK—The Yankees acknowledged it might take a few breaks to snap their slump with runners in scoring position, and they got three on Tuesday to load the bases and finally push across a few runs.
The rally gave New York a lead and ultimately a 3-2 win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium.
I’m reticent to say that Phil Hughes has turned the corner, but I’m happy to see him pitching much better over his last five starts than he did over his first four.
|First 4 starts||16.0||24||18||14||6||17||5||2||81||7.4%||21.0%||7.88||6.44|
|Last 5 starts||31.3||28||12||12||7||29||6||1||130||5.4%||22.3%||3.45||4.40|
Unless he can hit with runners in scoring position it probably doesn’t matter, but it does give us some cause for optimism.
By my estimation, 91 wins should get the second wild card in the AL. At 22-21, the Yankees project to finish the year around 87-75 right now. They’d have to win 69 of their 119 remaining games to get to 91, which is roughly equivalent to a 94 win pace over a full season. I don’t think they’re a 94 win team, but they don’t necessarily have to be to play at that pace over 3/4 of a season.
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