At 72-43, the Yankees have the best record in baseball and a 99.1118% chance of making the playoffs. With a few more hours to go before first pitch in Seattle, let’s kill the time by having some fun with the Yanks’ win-loss record.
- With 645 runs scored and 539 runs allowed, the team’s expected win-loss record is 68-47, so they’ve actually overachieved a bit this year. Lots of walk-off wins with small margins of victory will do that.
- If the team maintains its .626 winning percentage the rest of the season, they’ll finish 101-61. The Red Sox would have to go 37-11 to win the division.
- If the team plays .550 ball the rest of the year, they’ll finish 98-64. The Sox would have to go 33-15.
- If the team goes 23-24 the rest of the year, they’ll finish with a 95-67 record. That would be their best record since 2006. Boston would need to go 30-18 to win the division. The Rays would need to go 34-14.
- The Yanks are an amazing 34-11 since Brian Cashman’s visit in Atlanta. If they were to maintain that pace the rest of the way, they’d finish 108-54. The Sawx would have to go 42-6, Tampa 48-0.
- If Boston keeps winning at the same .570 clip they’re at now, the Yanks would need to go just 21-26 the rest of the year to win the division.
- To win an even 100 games, they’ll need to go 28-19 the rest of the way. To match last year’s record, just a 17-30 record is required. To finish at exactly .500, they’d have to collapse and go 9-38 over the next seven-plus weeks.
- Through 115 games in 1998, the Yankees were 86-29 and 17.5 games up in the division. This year’s club would need to go 42-5 the rest of the year to match the ’98 team’s record. They were good at baseball.
So, while you wait for the game to start, feel free to use this as an open thread. The Mets and taking on the Giants at home, and the Little League World Series is on ESPN. So basically you’ve got same brand of baseball on two different channels. Anything goes here, just be nice.