If the Yankees had simply taken care of business against poor teams, they’d still be playing for something. Here is their record against some of the worst teams on their schedule:
Add it up and it’s 26-29 (.473). The Yankees have played .594 ball (60-41) against everybody else.
Had the Yankees won six more of those games against bad teams (going 32-23), they would have 92 wins today and be fighting for a spot.
A lot of those games were early in the season and there were some weird losses among those 29. Joe Girardi tried to outsmart the weather one night in Kansas City. Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Kei Igawa were 0-5 against those teams early on. The bullpen cost them two early games against the Orioles. Darrell Rasner lost 2-1 to the Royals one night. Mo blew one of the games.
For whatever the reason(s), the Yankees didn’t always show up against the bad teams and now they’re going home early.