Earlier this season, the Yankees were not only considered World Series favorites, but they looked like they could break all-time winning records (the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners’ 116 wins). Now, New York is trying to maintain its shrinking lead in the Eastern Conference.
Yankees enter week with 19-26 record since All-Star break Fourth, the winning percentage in the second half was 0.422.
Even if the Bronx Bombers did manage to turn things around and make the playoffs, History suggests they’re unlikely to go further and claim a team’s 28th World Series title, which is the ultimate goal for a club whose core can’t be broken right now.
Only 14 teams since the first All-Star Game in 1933 Entering the playoffs after setting a record below .500 in the second half. Five of those teams made it to the Fall Classic, and all three teams won. No team has ever won a championship with such a low second-half win percentage.
Of course, none of the 14 teams Can be as good as the 2022 Yankees before the All-Star break (0.696 winning percentage), so if any team can buck the trend, it’s probably them. But history is definitely not on their side.
This is a breakdown of 14 after the All-Star break below 0.500 The record of the teams entering the playoffs, in reverse chronological order, to see the final score of each team.
2017 Rocky Mountains : .493
- FINISHING: Lost wild card game in Holland
The NL West owns three of the MLB’s five best teams in terms of 2017 All-Star Game winning percentage, And the D-backs and Rockies battled for second place behind the Dodgers. Colorado trailed in the second half (35-36), but earned its second NL wild-card spot in a game against Milwaukee before losing to Arizona in the NL wild-card game.
2016 Giants: .417
- FINISHING: Lost in NLDS
After all-time wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014, the Giants looked poised to continue their even-year success in 2016, but they It was a 30-42 whirlpool after the All-Star break. After Madison Bumgarner completed the full game at Citi Field in an NL wild-card match against the Mets, San Francisco took a one-game advantage to secure its second NL wild-card berth, Even made it to the NLDS, but the Giants met their game, the Cubs
2014 Athletics: .433
Finish: Lost in AL Wild Card Game
Although they topped the list for most of 2014, and In the summer trades for Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Jon Lester and Adam Dunn, the A’s ended up trailing the Angels 29-38 in the second half by 10 games. Oakland clinched its second AL wild-card berth on the final day of the regular season after Sonny Gray was eliminated, but the club led the Royals in the AL wild-card game as Kansas City ran wild Four points (seven stolen bases). The A’s still had a chance to win after a 7-6 lead in the 12th inning, but the Royals came back again at the bottom of the frame and knocked it out on Salvador Perez’s RBI single.
2006 Red Sparrows: .473
- COMPLETED: WIN THE WORLD SERIES
After going 105-57 in 2004 and 100-62 in 2005 but failing to win the World Series in both years, the Reds The Sparrows went 83-79 (35-39 in the second half). However, the 88-win Padres in the NLDS and the 97-win Mets in the NLDS won in seven thriller games in the NLCS before quickly beating the Tigers in the World Series for their first title since 1982. No World Series champion has a worse overall record, and neither does their second-half record.
2006 Tigers: .486
- Finish: Lost in the World Series
After 12 consecutive losses, including a 119-game losing campaign in 2003, the Tigers turned the rest of the league around in 2006. Detroit began to decline after reaching a high water mark of 40 games above 0.500 on Aug. 7, poised for a wild-card berth with a 95-67 record (36-38 in the second half). However, the club revived in the playoffs, clinching a seven-game winning streak against the Yankees and A’s and grabbing the AL pennant before getting discouraged in the World Series against the Cardinals.
2005 Priest: . 466
- end: in NLDS
During the season four of the five western Dutch clubs finished below 0.500, despite a 34-39 and 82-80 aggregate score after the All-Star break, The Padres won by 5 games. San Diego’s pitchers were beaten in the NLDS by a 100-win Cardinals, giving St. Louis 21 points on the way to a three-game sweep.
1990 Reds: 0.494
FINISHED: Won the World Series
This Reds batted .733 in the first 45 games (33-12) and had a mediocre second half (41-42) to win Division Champion. With the help of the “Nasty Boys” bullpen trio of Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers, Cincinnati overtook the Buccaneers in the NLCS, then rode Jose Rijo’s right arm to sweep the defending world from offense to the Fall Classic Championship A.
1987 Twins: .493
Finished: Win the World Series
While the Twins had an up and down season in 1987, they actually ended the year with a negative running differential (-20), and they Take advantage of the weak AL West and won the division with an 85-77 record (36-37 in the second half), only fifth in the AL. Tigers entered their ALCS matchup with 13 wins, but Minnesota beat Detroit by 34 points in five games before beating the Cardinals in seven to win the Twins First World Series Championship in team history (second in team history). As a result, they became the first team to win the World Series after being beaten in the regular season, and the first to go all the way after setting a record below .500 in the second half.
1982 Warriors: .487
- )Finish: NLCS
The 1982 Warriors were characterized by their stripes. After setting an AL/NL record with a 13-game unbeaten run, Atlanta had a roller coaster ride in the second half. The Warriors went 38-40 after the break, and their final 64 games were as follows:
2- 19 July 30 to August 18
Aug 13-2. 19-Sept 3 Sep 6-12. 4-Sept 22
Sep 7-3. 24-Oct 3
The final boom was enough for the Warriors to win the Dutch West title over the Dodgers — Dale Murphy had the edge in the NL MVP race — but they were swept by the Cardinals in the NLCS .
1981 Yankees: 0.490
- Finish: Lost in the World Series
We can fix an asterisk given the unique playoff structure of the 1981 strike-shortened season. The team with the No. 1 spot at the start of the June strike automatically gets a playoff spot, so the Yankees (first-half champions of the AL East) have already secured a spot when play resumes in August. After leading 25-26 in the second half, New York narrowly defeated the Brewers in the ALDS and swept the A’s into the World Series in the ALCS, but lost to the Dodgers in six games. The Yankees didn’t enter the Fall Classic again until 1996.
1981 Phillies : .481
- Done: Lost in NLDS
Like the Yankees in the AL East, the Phillies won the playoffs with their first game Seat — Started the 1981 strike by standing in the NL East, then hit under .500 when play resumed. Philadelphia lost an NLDS matchup with Expos, the NL East champions in the second half, 25-27 in five games after the strike.
1979 Angel: . 478
- END: Lost in ALCS
Led by eventual AL MVP Don Baylor, future Hall of Famer Rod Carew and All-Star Bobby Gerich, Angels scoring in 1979 Top MLB, but the team’s struggles on the mound in the second half contributed to a 33-36 record. Fortunately, the Rangers couldn’t take advantage of the aura. Texas trailed the Angels by two games in the All-Star Game, but the club led 31-40 in the second half. The Angels won the division before the ALCS lost to the Orioles.
1976 Royals : .488
- Finish: Lost in ALCS
Kansas City built a big enough lead in the AL West to endure a 39-41 second half — including a 12- 22 Ends — Entering the playoffs. The Royals ended with 2 .
1971 Giants: . 486
- FINISHED: Lost in NLCS
In Willie Mays’ final full season with the team, the Giants jumped out of MLB’s best start with a 37-14 record, then just slipped. San Francisco hit .477 from June 1 through the end of the regular season (35-37 in the second half), nearly letting its once 10 1/2 division lead slip away. After winning the NL West in one game, the Giants lost to the Pirates 3-1 in the NLCS.