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Yankees Can Make the Playoffs, Just Don’t Bet On It

Landis MarksSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2008

The Yankees have had a snake bitten season that has seen many of there most valuable players go down for significant portions of there last year in the new, old Yankee stadium.Jorge Posada, the teams spark plug of a catcher has been felled by a bad shoulder that first effected his defense and then got so bad that his once reliable bat became pathetic. Hideki Matsui is just making it back and the hopes of the Bombers Nation has yet to be realized that he will be his old self at the plate.

Worse than anything else has been the health of the pitching staff.

Chien-Ming Wang is gone for the season. Hurt while hustling around the bases in an inter-league game. Carl Pavano (remember him? ) is MIA. Phil Hughes is a fallen hero. Joba Chamberlain is trying to rehab a shoulder that is plagued by tendonitis and hopefully will be back soon.

Can this season be saved?

The odds seem to be against it. Baseball Prospectus says .387 percent.

The hard working folks at has calculated a 6.6% chance. Check your favorite teams chances here.


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