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Archive for January 2nd, 2011

While waiting for the 2011 roster to take shape, Yankees’ fans have been forced to rely on other means of predicting the upcoming season. Back in April, we took a look at how the Yankees have performed under different presidential administrations, so in honor of the new year, this time we’ve broken down the team’s track record by year-ending number.

Yankees’ Record By Year-Ending Number

Year Ending W L T PCT RS/G RA/G
0 997 733 9 0.573 5.1 4.4
1 968 741 8 0.564 4.9 4.2
2 968 733 12 0.565 4.8 4.1
3 999 728 12 0.574 4.9 4.1
4 993 731 10 0.573 5.0 4.2
5 906 793 8 0.531 4.6 4.2
6 977 703 11 0.578 4.7 4.0
7 979 722 8 0.573 4.8 4.1
8 932 776 6 0.544 4.9 4.4
9 951 701 9 0.573 5.1 4.4

Source: Baseball-reference.com

Yankees’ Postseason History By Year-Ending Number

Year Ending WC/ Division Pennant World Series Total Postseason
0 2 1 2 5
1 3 3 6
2 1 2 3 6
3 2 3 5
4 1 1 2
5 2 1 3
6 1 2 3 6
7 2 1 4 7
8 5 5
9 4 4

Source: Baseball-reference.com

The Yankees have been remarkably consistent over the years. The team’s winning percentage has ranged within a 14-point band for all year-ending numbers but two (5 and 8). In years ending in 4 and 5, however, the team has only made the playoffs two and three times, respectively, and never won a World Series in either. Thankfully, the picture is much brighter for years ending in 1, as the team has won three World Series (1941, 1951 and 1961) and three pennants (1921, 1981 and 2001).

So, as it turns out, Yankees’ fans have no cause for concern about the upcoming season. However, it probably isn’t too early to start worrying about the middle of the decade.

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