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Does best record mean much in the playoffs?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 04, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is the ninth time since 1998 that the Yankees have finished with the best record in the American League. What’s that meant in the past? A little bit of everything.

1998: Won the World Series
1999: Won the World Series
2002: Lost in the ALDS
2003: Lost in the World Series
2004: Lost in the ALCS
2006: Lost in the ALDS
2009: Won the World Series
2011: Lost in the ALDS
2012: ???

That’s three championships and one American League pennant. It’s also three first-round exits and an championship series letdown.

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41 Responses to “Does best record mean much in the playoffs?”

  1. Hassey October 4th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Many of us here are still trying to recover from all of those losses – still fresh wounds

  2. Doc Iac October 4th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    2012: won the World Series

    …i hope

  3. Phranchise October 4th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    The old wild card and the 5 game series format was a bit ridiculous I always thought. Either make it 7 games like the others or you face a situation that the team with the more prolific #1 starter has a nice advantage in a short series not necessarily the better team built to win for a full season.

  4. blake October 4th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Not necessarily …..but it cant hurt.

  5. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    With these 2012 Yankees, best record\home field advantage is Very important. This team with those lefty sticks, strikes fear in every Chucker the opposition runs out there. Psychology is involved, though the numbers geeks will probably Not SEE it.
    The Cards in 2011, did show that being hot at the right time trumps all.

  6. Cashmoney October 4th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Report: Yankees close to trading for Cliff Lee | The Lohud Yankees Blog

  7. blake October 4th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    “Report: Yankees close to trading for Cliff Lee | The Lohud Yankees Blog”

    lol….I see that every now and then and I’m like wait what….

  8. Doc Iac October 4th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Cashmoney October 4th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Report: Yankees close to trading for Cliff Lee | The Lohud Yankees Blog

    ya we dodged a bullet on that

  9. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    My preference would be to face the O’s. I thought the Yanks played them very well in Camden a couple weeks ago, in spite of that blown call at 1B on TEX. Yanks would need to merely split in Camden, and then come home and tear Buck and Company a new A-Hole. The A’s are HOT, and that home crowd is Now an added weapon.

  10. Cashmoney October 4th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    can’t substantiate the news yet Blake, but 21 people recommend this on FB, so there is a force behind it.

  11. Cashmoney October 4th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I think having dominant pitching and dominant hitters helps, and sometimes a team with best record have both or either.

  12. blake October 4th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    “can’t substantiate the news yet Blake, but 21 people recommend this on FB, so there is a force behind it.”

    That trade may have been better than the one that actually happened unfortunately.

  13. UnKnown October 4th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Looks like a good time to post so…

    I think Tito came up with a great point last night when talking about whether the Yankees should break up CC and Pettitte last night:

    He said that he actually likes stacking the lefties because it forces the opposing manager to probably start a left handed bat that he normally wouldn’t because the manager wouldn’t want to sit a guy for two straight games in a row.

    I like that thought process. Obviously I think its all about matchups more than anything, but if it were me I would go CC- Pettitte- Kuroda and then possibly come back with CC on short rest or Hughes for Game 4 again depending on what the series looks like at that point.

    Pettitte is just a warrior and I love him in a road setting and Kuroda has been much better at home this year.

    That’s all I got right now. Absolutely pumped how the season ended and I still think the Yanks couldn’t be lined up any better then they are to win #28 and I fully expect them to do so. Been on this crazy ride up to this point so no need to jump off now.

  14. RMS October 4th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    If the Yankees get great pitching they will go all the way. CC, Kuroda and Andy have to come up big.

  15. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    - 2012 YANKEE PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS-

    (1) YANKS DEFEAT TEXAS IN 4 GAMES

    (2) YANKS DEFEAT O’s IN 6 GAMES

    (3) YANKS DEFEAT GIANTS IN 7 GAMES

  16. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hughes should be in the Pen. He has repeatedly Failed in big games. Phelps gets his start, if Girardi elects Not to use CC.

  17. jacksquat October 4th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    blake October 4th, 2012 at 12:53 pm
    Jim Duquette just said hes heard thr Yanks are gonna be heavy on Justin Upton and Headley this winter.

    With Banuelos out and Betances wild, it seems a stretch to get one, and impossible to get both. The Dbacks seem to want an awful lot for a guy who just had a mediocre year and will make $39mil over the next 3 years. SD wanted nearly as much for Headley, and now definitely even more after the 2nd half he had.

  18. UnKnown October 4th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    It’s not possible for the Yankees to play both the Rangers and O’s in the 2012 Postseason.

  19. jackamir October 4th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I think (if anyone cares) that if you reach the playoffs often and win 1 out 3 times in the World Series you have a successful franchise.

  20. Hassey October 4th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I like the way Donny thinks, but I’m not as confident. This is the most evenly matched field (or evenly imperfect field) in recent memory. Lots of potential winners, even from the, gulp, NL.

  21. JobaTipsHisCap October 4th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    UnKnown October 4th, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    It’s not possible for the Yankees to play both the Rangers and O’s in the 2012 Postseason.

    correct

  22. Pops October 4th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Reposting:
    I don’t comment much, but I read this blog religiously and just wanted to say thank you for the discourse today — particularly to JF and Shame for their thoughtful, eloquent and spot-on comments on stereotyping, and to blake, for pushing the conversation forward in a positive, open-minded and respectful manner, even while generally pushing back. It really has been one of the best non-baseball discussions I have seen here and in many ways, is representative of why I think this blog works so well (most of the time). It’s the posters. So thanks again.

    Now back to baseball… Bring on the O’s! I want to see them put the final nail in the Ranger coffin and then have the Yanks go to Baltimore and put Buck in his place.

  23. Hassey October 4th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    if I have to choose someone other than the Yankees, I’d say I expect a Bay Area rematch. Let’s hope the Bay Bridge doesn’t collapse from excitement this time around

  24. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    - 2012 YANKEE PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS (take 2) -

    (1) YANKS OVER O’s in 4 games

    (2) YANKS OVER TIGERS in 6 GAMES

    (3) YANKS OVER GIANTS in 7 GAMES

  25. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Bay Area World Series would be an absolute ratings disaster.

  26. Hassey October 4th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    In my house, a Bay Area rematch would have a 100/100 Nielsen rating

  27. jacksquat October 4th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    Bay Area World Series would be an absolute ratings disaster.

    It would be tremendous.

  28. Shame Spencer October 4th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    blake – Remember my plan to trade ALL the players to get both those guys??? If we woulda done my deal we’d be hearing about the D’backs fans being annoyed that the top pitching prospect they got in the deal would need TJS….

  29. Shame Spencer October 4th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Pop’s – Thanks!

  30. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    FOX would have an absolute cow.

  31. Nick in SF October 4th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Seismologists would be all over it.

  32. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I still say package Cano and Nova, maybe a busher or 2, and work a 3 or 4 way.

  33. JobaTipsHisCap October 4th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    please no Giants in WS.

  34. 86w183 October 4th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I bet Fox is rooting for Yankees/Giants considering the two coasts get involved. the NY/SF history going back to the move out West.

    NY/Washington might be the second best from a curiosity standpoint.

  35. Nick in SF October 4th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I like to think of potential matchups in terms of the settling of old scores.

    For our next opponent, clearly we have recent scores to settle with Texas, so it would be gratifying to knock them out. Baltimore, they were annoying this season but we have no recent postseason score to settle with them, having brushed them aside in recent meetings.

    Beyond that, clearly the Tigers have been a recent annoying foe, so we have numerous recent scored to settle with them. The A’s, again, were annoying this year but we dispatched them in all of our recent October meetings. Nonetheless, I would personally enjoy getting revenge for the Oakland massacre of July. But Detroit would be the better revenge matchup.

    In the World Series, the best revenge matchup would be with the Reds, to whom we owe some payback for 1976. No history with the Nats, so perhaps it would be good for their inaugural WS visit to end with a Yankee smackdown. The Braves we’ve handled recently, the Giants we handled back in 1962, the Cardinals… hmmmm, I can’t think off the top of my head which team won the last WS meeting between the Cards and the Yanks. This would be a great historical matchup, anyway.

  36. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Washington issa ratings DUD. Probably starts with Davey Johnson being mistaken for Stengel.

  37. DONNYBROOK October 4th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I want the Easiest path to a Championship. The Best way to settle a score, is by raising a trophy over your head.

  38. Nick in SF October 4th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    You never miss a chance to miss a point, Donnybrook. Amazing.

  39. 86w183 October 4th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Way to carry a grudge Nick!

    Payback from 1976? None of these Reds were born yet! Unfortunately about half the Yankees were.

  40. Hassey October 4th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    The Reds series from this summer stands out to me as one that got away

  41. SullyLV October 4th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    @Nick in SF -The Cards beat the Yanks in 64 4 games to 3.On a side note after the WS the Yankees signed Jonny Keane who was the Cards manager in 64.Been a die-hart Yankee fan since 60-61.Go Yanks!

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