That's not what happened though. The iron of the league has destroyed them. I'm not sure why we should be taking solace in the fact that they've played tough teams so far. They've gotten destroyed by the good teams. Isn't this team supposed to have been good?
Pythag doesn't lie. This team has sucked balls this season.
Just for comparison, Tampa Bay also played its first 13 game against the "iron." NYY, DET, BOS, TOR. They ended up 7-6 (They'e now 9-7 after taking two of three from the non-iron Twins). The Red Sox were 4-9 after a a very similar first-13-game schedule. Could luck, randomess etc account for three games in any stretch of 13? Possibly. It certainly could count for one game, or two.
Blame for what? They were not in the upper tier entering the season and have been squashed by superior opponents.
Squashed? They lost two one-run games to Detroit and another against Tampa. Of their 10 losses, five have come by three runs or fewer. They've suffered just three blowouts (defined at -5 or worse). They are losing, but most of the games have been competitive or even winnable. Luck is maginfied in one-run games, especially. Turn those three 1-run losses around and we're looking at very reasonable 7-7 record right now. If that were the case, we'd all be somewhat disappointed but I think satisfied overall given the schedule and injury situation.
They are losing. They are not getting squashed. A lot comes down to luck.
Edited by Gene Conleys Plane Ticket, 23 April 2012 - 09:15 AM.