As the MLB season hits the home stretch, the Yankees find themselves in a familiar position: atop the ravenous American League East. Even after dealing with an assortment of injuries that most teams would never have recovered from, they still sit alone in first place in late August.
However, in the past decade they have shown that their position after Game 162 doesn’t immediately translate into postseason success. Since 2002, the Bombers have finished first in the division seven times, but only won the World Series once in 2009.
Each of those teams had flaws that were eventually exposed and led to their October exit. The 2012 Yankees are no different from their predecessors.
The club has the third-best record in the majors, but let’s not start handing out those gaudy rings just yet.
There are plenty of reasons this team could bow out early in the playoffs.