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(ESPN)   The Yankees are good again? All aboard the Yankees bandwagon   (espn.go.com) divider line 31
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2013-08-23 08:29:17 AM
I wouldn't measure the Yankee's abilities based on them beating the Blue Jays this season.

On the plus side, it's been a few games since Colby Rasmus last struck out.
 
2013-08-23 08:32:52 AM
I still think they'll miss the playoffs.
 
2013-08-23 08:38:32 AM
Nope. Still hate them.
 
2013-08-23 08:46:53 AM
The Yankees are good again, not because of a HBP, but because Lyle Overbay is no longer their cleanup batter. Having Granderson and Soriano in the lineup helps lengthen a lineup that was Gardner, Ichiro, Cano, and 6 minor leaguers.
 
2013-08-23 08:48:25 AM
It's like somebody just gave them a shot in the ass arm.
 
2013-08-23 08:50:52 AM

cameroncrazy1984: I still think they'll miss the playoffs.


God, let's hope so. Stretching the A-Rod/Yankees saga into the postseason would be unbearable.
 
2013-08-23 08:52:03 AM
Wow they swept the blue jays in a 4 game series...again.

Way to go jays, Astros of the north!
 
2013-08-23 08:58:03 AM
I've heard several people say that they should fade down the stretch, as their schedule is heavily weighted down with AL East teams in the stretch.  However, I think the schedule actually favors them making a run at the wildcard:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/schedule/_/name/nyy/new-york-yankees

Their only non-AL East opponents are the White Sox, San Fran and Houston, all weak teams.  They have a bunch left against Toronto (weak) and Baltimore (fading pretty fast).  If they can come out over .500 against the Sox and Tampa, they should get in.  That's a decent sized "if", but when you actually look at their remaining games, the schedule down the stretch is nowhere near as brutal as I have been hearing.
 
2013-08-23 08:59:10 AM

Nabb1: cameroncrazy1984: I still think they'll miss the playoffs.

God, let's hope so. Stretching the A-Rod/Yankees saga into the postseason would be unbearable.


You think their missing it would preclude that?
 
2013-08-23 08:59:23 AM

cameroncrazy1984: I still think they'll miss the playoffs.


Nothing like going out on a limb.
 
2013-08-23 09:07:00 AM

Nefarious: cameroncrazy1984: I still think they'll miss the playoffs.

Nothing like going out on a limb.


They're 3½ games out.  If they sweep the Rays and the Orioles sweep the A's, the Yankees could be ½ game out after Sunday -- and if the Dodgers sweep the Red Sox, the Yankees could be 1 loss behind Boston.

That being said, they won 7 of 8 from the Angels and Blue Jays -- the rest of the streak was 2 of 3 against the Tigers (impressive) and 2 of 3 against the Red Sox (who are in a slide).  Let's see how they do this weekend before we say they're good.
 
2013-08-23 09:07:41 AM
that Yankees Bandwagon get's pretty full when they go on a good run. They are still in 4th though.
 
2013-08-23 09:13:49 AM

Larry Mahnken: Nefarious: cameroncrazy1984: I still think they'll miss the playoffs.

Nothing like going out on a limb.

They're 3½ games out.  If they sweep the Rays and the Orioles sweep the A's, the Yankees could be ½ game out after Sunday -- and if the Dodgers sweep the Red Sox, the Yankees could be 1 loss behind Boston.

That being said, they won 7 of 8 from the Angels and Blue Jays -- the rest of the streak was 2 of 3 against the Tigers (impressive) and 2 of 3 against the Red Sox (who are in a slide).  Let's see how they do this weekend before we say they're good.


Don't get me wrong, I'm a Yankee fan and I'd love them to make the playoffs.  However they will need to avoid anything more then a very short losing streak the rest of the season to make it.  It's possible but it does require passing 3 teams (Cleveland, and two AL East teams)
 
2013-08-23 09:24:50 AM

Larry Mahnken: Nefarious: cameroncrazy1984: I still think they'll miss the playoffs.

Nothing like going out on a limb.

They're 3½ games out.  If they sweep the Rays and the Orioles sweep the A's, the Yankees could be ½ game out after Sunday -- and if the Dodgers sweep the Red Sox, the Yankees could be 1 loss behind Boston.

That being said, they won 7 of 8 from the Angels and Blue Jays -- the rest of the streak was 2 of 3 against the Tigers (impressive) and 2 of 3 against the Red Sox (who are in a slide).  Let's see how they do this weekend before we say they're good.


Any baseball prediction predicated on multiple sweeps will not happen. They might slip into the second wildcard, but that's not really the postseason
 
2013-08-23 09:26:15 AM
Duke still sucks too. So what?
 
2013-08-23 09:27:33 AM
This just makes Yankee elimination day that much sweeter. Like a cherry on top of an A Roid fail sundae.
 
2013-08-23 09:42:01 AM
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Gonna be a fun weekend!

/Go Rays!
 
2013-08-23 09:45:57 AM
They've won their last four series against the Tigers, Angels, Red Sox and Jays (4 game sweep), but before that lost series to the Rays, Padres and White Sox (3 game sweep).

I really wouldn't get excited just yet. Yes, the upcoming schedule gives them ample leapfrog opportunity if they win, but that's still a pretty big if. They're currently 8 games over and have never been higher than 12 this year (twice, May 20th and May 25th).

/rambling.. throwing random facts out, somewhat pessimistic
 
2013-08-23 10:08:23 AM
Yankees are 3.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard spot right now, with 35 games remaining. Certainly not an insurmountable task, even though they have to jump a few teams. Plenty of head to head against the Rays/Orioles who are also going for those wildcard spots, too.
 
2013-08-23 10:12:34 AM
Considering a couple weeks ago the Yankees were sliding so quickly they looked poised to finish the season under .500, I'll be happy as long they still have a winning record by the end.  Of course, if they can go on a run and make the playoffs, that'd be awesome too.
 
2013-08-23 10:33:06 AM
It is folly to count the Yankees out of the playoffs until they are mathematically eliminated. Especially with 2 wildcards now.
 
2013-08-23 12:00:00 PM
I'm not a Yankee fan, but I hope A-Rod carries them all the way to the World Series, and in Game 7, hits a ball completely out of Yankee Stadium to win it all. And never plays again. Because fark you Bud Selig.
 
2013-08-23 01:00:28 PM
Gotta see how they do against Tampa this weekend.  They win the series/sweep them, then I'll get amped.
 
2013-08-23 01:41:03 PM
They are running out of games against the Jays, so the slippage will begin shortly.
 
2013-08-23 02:31:58 PM
I think that after a long season of ups and downs, on-field and off-field drama, the time to seize the inevitable may be nigh. Somebody start ordering deliveries of fried chicken to the Boston clubhouse.
 
2013-08-23 03:01:27 PM
Considering the yankees lost a key starting pitcher and 4 key position players - and only 3.5 games back in the wildcard?   Yeah...even if they don't make the playoffs they did better then most teams considering.

/As a yank fan, I don't see them actually making the playoffs I just hope they knock someone out of the wildcard/playoff spot.
 
2013-08-23 04:41:49 PM

The Bestest: They've won their last four series against the Tigers, Angels, Red Sox and Jays (4 game sweep), but before that lost series to the Rays, Padres and White Sox (3 game sweep).

I really wouldn't get excited just yet. Yes, the upcoming schedule gives them ample leapfrog opportunity if they win, but that's still a pretty big if. They're currently 8 games over and have never been higher than 12 this year (twice, May 20th and May 25th).

/rambling.. throwing random facts out, somewhat pessimistic


What you say? It's almost as if the Yankees that lost to the Rays, Padres and ChiSox had a different set of players than the ones who won against Tigers, Angels, Red Sox and Jays. It's almost as if Soriano, A-Rod and a couple other stars had returned to the roster for the Tigers series and before that it was just Ichiro, Cano, Gardner and 6 nobodies.
 
2013-08-23 07:22:50 PM
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Back on the Ranger bandwagon. 18 of last 22
 
2013-08-23 08:05:19 PM

rocky_howard: The Bestest: They've won their last four series against the Tigers, Angels, Red Sox and Jays (4 game sweep), but before that lost series to the Rays, Padres and White Sox (3 game sweep).

I really wouldn't get excited just yet. Yes, the upcoming schedule gives them ample leapfrog opportunity if they win, but that's still a pretty big if. They're currently 8 games over and have never been higher than 12 this year (twice, May 20th and May 25th).

/rambling.. throwing random facts out, somewhat pessimistic

What you say? It's almost as if the Yankees that lost to the Rays, Padres and ChiSox had a different set of players than the ones who won against Tigers, Angels, Red Sox and Jays. It's almost as if Soriano, A-Rod and a couple other stars had returned to the roster for the Tigers series and before that it was just Ichiro, Cano, Gardner and 6 nobodies.


Just watched Kuroda get worn out in the second.  It's the same team on the mound.  The Yankees will be lucky to be in sight of the A's and Rays for a playoff spot in 2 weeks.
 
2013-08-23 08:19:11 PM

scandalrag: Just watched Kuroda get worn out in the second.  It's the same team on the mound.  The Yankees will be lucky to be in sight of the A's and Rays for a playoff spot in 2 weeks.


..and tagged again in the 3rd.

Kuroda's been great all season, but I do worry that the season is catching up to him. In the offseason he hinted strongly at retirement after this year, and there are probably reasons for that.
 
2013-08-23 09:40:09 PM

scandalrag: rocky_howard: The Bestest: They've won their last four series against the Tigers, Angels, Red Sox and Jays (4 game sweep), but before that lost series to the Rays, Padres and White Sox (3 game sweep).

I really wouldn't get excited just yet. Yes, the upcoming schedule gives them ample leapfrog opportunity if they win, but that's still a pretty big if. They're currently 8 games over and have never been higher than 12 this year (twice, May 20th and May 25th).

/rambling.. throwing random facts out, somewhat pessimistic

What you say? It's almost as if the Yankees that lost to the Rays, Padres and ChiSox had a different set of players than the ones who won against Tigers, Angels, Red Sox and Jays. It's almost as if Soriano, A-Rod and a couple other stars had returned to the roster for the Tigers series and before that it was just Ichiro, Cano, Gardner and 6 nobodies.

Just watched Kuroda get worn out in the second.  It's the same team on the mound.  The Yankees will be lucky to be in sight of the A's and Rays for a playoff spot in 2 weeks.


Cool. But the Yankees have had some bad pitchers for the last ten years yet relied on their offense to carry them. This doesn't sound different.
 
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