View Full Version : Pythagorean Standings

06-16-04, 10:11 AM
Just curious if anyone is concerned about the run differential spread that we have in comparison to our record.

Not losing sight of the fact that the real standings are what counts, but have the Yankees been extremely lucky as the Pythagorean formula:


would indicate.

The Yankees have been the comeback kids...do we run the risk (assuming no major injuries, etc) of coming back to earth?

06-16-04, 04:25 PM
there's always a risk, but the Yankees have a great, power-oriented lineup, so they can come back at any given point.

06-17-04, 01:08 PM
The run differential is quite concerning for the future, but I don't expect the Yankees to keep playng ball at an .800 clip either.

Torre's teams have usually outperformed their Pythags, so I'm not worried to the point of thinking they will fall out of first. I just don't think they are as good as they've been playing.

06-25-04, 01:00 PM
What's the correlation between winning close games (i.e. screwing up your pythag record) and having a great bullpen? I think one is present because the Yankees traditionally have one of the best pens in the majors and consistently outperform expcations derived from run differential.

I guess I am suggesting that bullpen OPS against or WHIP should be incorporated into the Pythagorean formula if there is a correlation.

Any thoughts?

yankoholics anonymous
07-05-04, 12:48 PM

.....The Yankees have won six more games than their performance warrants......

07-05-04, 05:13 PM
wow. brilliant article by the times. and only 20 years after it was invented.