Hovering Around .500 All Season

Its been a trying year for the Yankees.   They haven’t been able to establish any real momentum, as their longest winning streak is five games (done twice).  However, they’ve never really gone into a prolonged tailspin, with their longest losing streak also encompassing five games (also done twice).  As such, it shouldn’t be a surprise to find out that they have flirted right around the .500 mark for the entire season.

They started the night three games over .500 at 76-73.  This marked the 32nd different game in which they entered three games over .500.  Their nadir in terms of games below .500 came after game 2 of the season, when they were 0-2.  It was the only time they were two or more games below .500 this year:

Gm# Date W L +/- .500
2 4/2/2014 0 2 -2

They’ve been one game under on six different occasions and at .500 even 13 other times.  Other than these 20 games, they’ve been above .500 after every other game of the season. But not by much . . .

You see, once the Bombers got to seven games above .500, they hit a ceiling.  Four different times this year they’ve played a game that could have put them a season-high eight games over, and four times they have lost that game.  Here then are the Yanks’ high-water marks, which meant they lost the following game:

Gm# Date W L +/- .500
115 8/8/2014 61 54 7
129 8/25/2014 68 61 7
131 8/27/2014 69 62 7
133 8/29/2014 70 63 7

So, the Yankees total spread from most games over .500 to most games under .500 this season is 9 (seven over to two under). If they do not get to eight over or three under by the end of the year, they will tie the 1998 Dodgers and the 2011 Blue Jays for lowest “spread” in a 162-game season (The 1948 Tigers had a spread of only eight games, in a 154-game season):

TEAM YEAR GMS W L Highest Lowest Spread
DET 1948 154 78 76 3 -5 8
LAN 1998 162 83 79 5 -4 9
TOR 2011 162 81 81 4 -5 9

1948 Tigers

Most Games over .500 3 last on Wednesday, Jun 16
Most Games under .500 5 last on Friday, Sep 10

1998 Dodgers

Most Games over .500 5 last on Friday, Jul 31
Most Games under .500 4 last on Thursday, Jun 25

2011 Blue Jays

Most Games over .500 4 last on Thursday, Aug 18
Most Games under .500 5 last on Thursday, Jul 7

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