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What needs to happen for this team to make the playoffs?
5 years ago  ::  Sep 04, 2014 - 12:04AM #1
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Hey guys,

Sorry about being away for so long, but I've been following the Yankees the whole season. To put it succintly, this team has been both a huge surprise and a disappointment at the same time. What I mean by this is that the starting pitching has been far more successful than expected, actually considering the injury to Tanaka. Also take into account Betances who is downright dominant along with Robertson and we have a strong bullpen to hold down leads late into games.

On the other hand, the anemic hitting is incredibly frustrating. Tex is way too inconsistent, Beltran and McCann (prior to this last strecth) have underperformed. Gardner is on and off, and the hitting with runners in scoring position continues to be a general systemic problem. So, as of this point in the context of the larger playoff picture, what must the Yankees do to make the playoffs? My thoughts are outlined as followed:

They will need to finish at least 17-8 and I think it's vital to SWEEP this weekend's series against KC. If they win 1 of 3, it's officially OVER.

*Win final game against boston (1-0)
*Sweep KC (4-0)
*2 of 3 from the Rays (6-1)
*Split with the O's (8-3)
*2 of 3 from the Rays (10-4)
*3 of 4 from the Blue Jays (13-5)
*Split with the O's (15-7)
*2 of 3 from the Red Sox (17-8)

If this team truly wants to make it, this can happen. They just need 2 of the 3 to happen; KC to finish 11-13 or worse (probably won't happen unless they're swept), Detriot to finish 12-11 or worse, Seattle to finish 13-11 or worse. This is just about in line with their current winning percentages (besides the Royals).

Chance this works out- 1%. With this team make it 0.1%. But hey, there is still a chance!
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