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