MLB Playoff Race: The Yankees are annoying

Brian Cashman has rebuilt the Yankees farm system, and they’ve got a promising core in place; now they’re in the middle of the playoff race.

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The New York Yankees are being obnoxious because it seems like the won’t have to undergo a traditional rebuild. Despite seeing the retirement of their core and bloated free agent contracts, there were no 90+ loss seasons and New York didn’t experience the frustration of watching draft picks struggle on a night to night basis.

Through trades, Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman has very rapidly rebuilt the team’s farm system to one in the best in baseball. Cashman landed prospects Jorge Mateo, Aaron Judge, Blake Rutherford, and Justus Sheffield during the team’s in July, 2016 — Judge is in the middle of the the best rookie season, ever. As a result of that firesale, New York now has five minor leaguers among the top 100 prospects and they did this without having to completely tear down the major league roster.

And that’s damn annoying.

New York fans didn’t have to go through the five years of awfulness that Astro’s fans went through to get their core in place, or to rebuild the farm system. Currently Judge is the likely rookie of the year award winner, Didi Gregorius has been excellent at shortstop, and Aaron Hicks are the beginning of a very serious line-up that could mark the beginning of the next great Yankees-era; and New Yorkers get to see the beginning of this era while the team is currently holding a wildcard berth.

DIVISION LEADERS

(DIVISION) 

LEADERS

WINS-LOSSES PROJECTED 

W-L

DIVISION

ODDS

WILDCARD

ODDS

PLAYOFF 

ODDS

(AL East)

Red Sox

 50-39 90-72  75.9%  18.1%  94%
(AL Central)

Indians

 

47-40

 

 92-70  94.5%  3.4%  97.9%
(AL West)

Astros

 60-29  103-59  99.9%  0.0%  100%
(NL East)

Nationals

 52-36  94-68  97.7% 1.1%  98.8%
(NL Central)

Brewers

 50-41  82-80  20.4% 10.3%  30.7%
(NL West)

Dodgers

 61-29  105-57  99.3%  0.7%  100%

AMERICAN LEAGUE WILDCARD

TEAMS  GAMES 

BACK

WINS-LOSSES PROJECTED 

W-L

WILDCARD

ODDS

DIVISION

ODDS

Yankees – X 0 45-41 84-78 40.1% 14.8%
Rays – X 0 47-43 82-80 27.6% 5.6%
Twins -1 45-43 79-83 11.8% 1.4%
Royals -1.5 44-43 81-81 21.4% 3.4%
Angels -3.0 45-47 79-83 11.1% 0%
Rangers -3.0 43-45 81-81 25% 0%
Mariners -4.0 43-47 78-84 10.7%  0%

X-Currently holds a wildcard spot

NATIONAL LEAGUE WILDCARD

TEAMS  GAMES 

BACK 

WINS-LOSSES  PROJECTED

 W-L

WILDCARD

ODDS

DIVISION

ODDS

Diamondbacks– X 2.0 53-36  90-72 87.0% 0.7%
Rockies – X 0 52-39 86-76 60.4% 0.1%
Cubs -7.5 43-45 86-76 10.4% 54.5%
Cardinals -7.5 43-45 82-80 10.1% 20.2%
Braves -8.0 42-45 76-86 2.3% 0.2%
Pirates -9.0 42-47 78-84 3.3% 4.8%
Marlins -9.0 41-46 79-83 6.8% 1.2%

X-Currently holds a wildcard spot

Playoff odds are courtesy of Fangraphs, July 10th, 2017.

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