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July 07, 2005

The Gauntlet

For those who still wonder if the Yankees are truly a good team this year, we're about to find out over the next 3 and a 1/2 weeks.

I was just looking at the Yankees schedule for the rest of July. Here is who they play, with that team's current winning percentage following their name:

7 games with the Angels (.619)
4 games with the Red Sox (.578)
3 games with the Twins (.561)
4 games with the Indians (.548)
3 games with the Rangers (.518)

As you can see, there's not a soft spot in there to rack up some easy wins.

Say that the Yankees go 11-10 over this run, would that be acceptable, given the teams that they play? For me, this would not be acceptable. If the Yankees lose 10 or more games over the remainder of this month, their season is over.

I beleive that the Yankees will have to go 13-8 for the rest of the month to show the other teams in the AL that they are a team to fear in the sprint for the AL flag.

Can they do this? Yes. It's not that hard. If the Yankees split their games with the Red Sox, take 4 of 7 from the Angels, and then win their series with the Rangers, Indians, and Twins, that would give them the needed total of 13-8.

It starts tonight with the Indians. A win tonight would get this quest off to a good start.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 7, 2005 10:24 AM

Comments

Melky is starting tonight.

Posted by: Jen at July 7, 2005 12:09 PM

Wow. Thanks for the heads-up!

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 7, 2005 12:11 PM

Steve- I think it is time to give the "they have to win X games in the next X days" a rest.

This is probably the 4th time you have used this "mandate", and despite the Yankees not achieving any of the prior goals they are still very much alive.

They can go 11-10, and so can Boston....and they will be 4.5 out on 8/1- still very much alive.

Posted by: philly phil at July 7, 2005 02:06 PM

But, with a month less left on the clock.......

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 7, 2005 02:22 PM

Pavano has been put on the DL.

Posted by: Jen at July 7, 2005 04:27 PM

With a rotation that's essentially down to Johnson, Mussina, and Wang in the near term, and with a bullpen that resembles Russian roulette once you get beyond Rivera, Sturtze, and (on a good day) Gordon, it doesn't seem very likely that the Yankees can meet any such "gotta win X number of the next Y games" goals.

Posted by: jeroboam at July 7, 2005 05:23 PM

To the last two comments, think the Yankees are rooting for a rainout on Friday?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 7, 2005 11:03 PM

Hell, I was rooting for a rainout before I heard that Pavano was on the DL. But if they have to cancel wouldn't they try to play 2 on Sunday, what with the All-Star break and all? This is Cleveland's only trip to the Stadium.

Posted by: Jen at July 7, 2005 11:29 PM