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Yankees pulling away in AL East division race

Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:56 pm
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By Evan Brunell

Here's a breakdown of the AL East race with all data through Sept. 5 games.

New York Yankees
Record: 86-53
23 games remaining: 13 road, 10 home
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .495
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 73.9 percent

Boston Red Sox
Record: 84-56, 2.5 games back
22 games remaining: 12 road, 10 home
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .500
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 26 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
Record: 77-63, 9 games back
21 games remaining: 10 road, 11 home
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .558
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 0.1 percent

Playoff race

The Red Sox were in first mere days ago but after dropping two of three to New York, the Sox have proceeded to drop three of their next four games, and New York has taken advantage by jumping out to a 2 1/2 game lead. Both teams are pretty evenly matched, so the Yankees are in pole position to take the division (again) as they play the just one more game than Boston the rest of the way with a slightly easier schedule the rest of the way. This is still plenty of a race with both teams having three more games the rest of the way. And despite the slightly tougher schedule, Boston wraps up the year with seven games against the Orioles sandwiched between the Yankee series, so don't count them out just yet.

The Rays are 9 1/2 games behind first place so don't deserve to be listed here, but they are very much so a part of the AL wild card race at just 7 games behind the Red Sox. Tampa has been playing well, but has a brutal stretch coming up with seven games against Boston and six against the Yankees. Bear with us for a second -- if they somehow run the table in that stretch, they could very well walk away with the division title -- and would almost certainly take the wild card. At the very least, the Rays can play spoiler and knock the Yanks or Sox out of the division chase. That 0.1 percent expectancy of a division title shows the club has a long road ahead if it wants to pull off a miracle. But here's the thing: It can happen.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:45 am
 

Yankees pulling away in AL East division race

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Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Yankees pulling away in AL East division race

Records against each other dont matter once the playoffs start and if Beckett misses a few starts Boston might not make it. The Angels and Rays are both coming on strong 



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Yankees pulling away in AL East division race

So the Yankes are somehow supposed to take credit for being able to beat any team except the best (or second-best)? I don't think so.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Yankees pulling away in AL East division race

The issue with Boston is that they gear their whole season to beat the Yankees and forget about the other teams in the AL.
Boston has a 11-4 win-loss against the Yankees.

9/6 Standings
New York 86-53  --
Boston 84-56  2.5 behind

Take the head-to-head w-l away...
New York 82-42  --
Boston 73-52  9.5

Boston has trouble with the AL teams without adding in the Yankee series...        
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