18 August 2013

Bronx Bums: 8/18 Report - Beaning A-Roid and 5% Chance for the Playoffs

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

It was a good week. For the first time all season, the bats woke up and Alphonso Soriano went on a sizzling streak. The Yanks won 3 out of 4 against the lowly Angels and took 2 out of 3 in Boston against the division leading Red Sox.

Despite the upswing, the Yanks are longshot to make the playoffs (Baseball Prospectus suggested the Yanks have a 5.4% chance to advance), but they're giving it their all while they're still mathematical eligible. Their postseason is now and it's essentially do or die. The Yanks have to win roughly 75% of their remaining games and get tons of help on the way to have a shot at the postseason.


Sunday night's rubber match was shrouded in ugliness. Sure, A-Roid deserved a drilling, but Dempster should have been a professional about it and hit A-Roid on the first pitch instead of throwing behind him and then plunking him three pitches later. Bush league. Everyone hates A-Roid. Even diehard Yankees' fans. But throwing at him twice was a "dick move" no matter how you look at it.

Alas, A-Roid got his revenge with a solo HR later on. The Yanks came from behind to win the game and take two out of three from the Red Sox.

Will this be the event that turns the Yanks around? Or will the entire team collapse under the weight of the A-Roid circus? Or will it be an afterthought in a couple weeks when the Yanks are mathematically eliminated?

On Sunday, Soriano's torrid streak came to an end with a 0 for 6 stinker. He had an insane stretch this week with a 15 for 22 clip. Over the last 7 games, Soriano hit 6 HRs with 19 RBIs. He's hitting .345 overall in August. On a good note, the Yanks picked up Mark Reynolds (1B/3B) off the scrap heap and he's already produced.

On the Deck: The Yanks have Monday off before a four games against the last place Blue Jays (57-67) (including a doubleheader on Tuesday). Then they fly down to Tampa (70-52) for a three-game weekend series. With seven games in six days, the Yanks would love to go at least 5-2 or better. The Yanks trail Tampa by 6 games in the Wild Card. They could really use a sweep next weekend. 

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