The New York Yankeeshave gone 8-2 in their last 10 games because they had too.
The elevated sense of urgency to win is clear, as the Yankees (88-64) have to keep pace with the Baltimore Orioles (87-65) who remain a game back in the AL East standings; and Buck’s Birds just won’t lose.
Oddly the Yankees seem to be taking a page from Baltimore’s skipper, as they are playing more Oriole-esque baseball lately by defying the stats that have governed the sport of baseball for decades.
Just look at both AL East teams stats over the last 7-days:
Want some other Yankee stats from September?
Here are some facts/stats:
- So far in the month of September the Yankees have played 21-game and are posting a 13-8 record.
- 15 of the 21 games played were decided by two-runs or less, and the Yankees won 10 out of those 15.
- In September the Yankees have stolen 24-bases, the third most in the Bigs and been caught only one-time. In the three-months earlier, the Yankees attempted to steal 40-bases but got tagged out in 14 of them.
- Also this month the Yankees 90-walks lead all of baseball with their division rivals’ Rays (83) and Orioles (79) coming in second and third.
- The power hitting Yankees are now on pace to post their lowest month homerun-wise this season with 25 thus far. Yes, there is still over a week left till September ends but in July the Yankees hit 42 long-balls; and in August knocked 46 in total out of the ballpark. It is doubtful the bats can go deep 20+ times in a week, but you never know.
- Sent a message to Oakland, and to skeptical Yankee fans by having a double walk-off weekend in the Bronx that this team wants to win too; and that is something I had yet to see from them this season. It gave me 2009 chills.
I am still trying to figure make out the above because I think the Yankees need to hit homers to be successful. But I guess as long as they are posting W’s who really cares.
It might not the most conventional way of winning but other than the Yankees giving me a heart-attack at a very young age, they got to do what works.
Now can the Yankees keep this up is the question fans are about to get the answer too.