September 19, 2007
Breaking It Down & Bouncing Back
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The above chart is the Yankees 2007 season, to date, in terms of 15-game snapshots. I thought this was an interesting way to see where the team had issues and where they played well.
As you can see, it was right around Game 76 where the Yankees turned it on this year - and, other than the last two weeks of August, they've kept it up.
Game 76 was that rain game in Baltimore that was completed on July 27th.
That game, on June 28th, was the last game of that nightmare road-trip to Colorado, San Francisco and Baltimore.
They say that you have to hit rock bottom before you can bounce back up. Maybe that terrible 9-game trip (where the Yankees lost 7 of 9) was just the slap in the face that this team needed to get going?
Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 19, 2007 04:27 PM
The basehit by Jeter off of Chris Ray in the pouring rain to put the Yanks up 8-6--I view that as the turning point.
All season long I have been keeping track of the Yankees for 10 games stretches at a time on my blog (the latest one went up as an 11 game edition today).
In 9 such break downs, the Yankees were better than .500, in 4 such break downs, the Yankees were below .500, and finally, twice the Yankees were 5-5 in the 10 game stretch.
Happily, the Yankees haven't had a below .500 10 game stretch since the stretch prior to the July 3 game.
Posted by: Jeteupthemiddle at September 19, 2007 06:25 PM