Saturday, September 04, 2004

Curse? What Curse?

A strange thing happened while I was gone: a pennant race developed in the AL East. I probably won't last after the Yanks-Sox series this month, but it's fun to see now. Sorry about Kevin Brown's hand, though. Not sorry NYY is loosing.

Funny how a 22-run loss will skew numbers. That Yankees are now officially luckier than they were last month, though they are in dire straits:

Year W L Pct. GB RS RA Pythg% PredtW PredtL PGB
New York 83 51 0.619 ---- 737 670 0.548 73.37 60.63 7.78
Boston 80 53 0.602 2.50 767 618 0.606 80.64 52.36 ----

Where PredtW, PredtL, and PGB are the Pythagorean predictions for wins, losses, and games behind. That's right, if there were any justice in the world Boston would be 8 games ahead of the Yankees and we'd be talking about how Pedro would hold up in the playoffs.

And at the end of the month, we've got six games between the Red Sox and the Yankees. Come on, you know what's going to happen. The only thing we don't know is which Yankee gets to add f***in' as a new middle name.