The Amazingly Exciting AL East Race

by Bill Chuck on September 24, 2012

There is more day-to-day excitement in the race between the Yankees and the Orioles than in any other race in baseball.

Take a look at the standings this morning:

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk last10 last20 last30
1 NYY 88 64 .579 L 1 8-2 12-8 16-14
2 BAL 87 65 .572 1.0 L 1 7-3 14-6 21-9
3 TBR 83 70 .542 5.5 W 5 6-4 11-9 15-15
4 BOS 69 85 .448 20.0 W 1 5-5 7-13 10-20
5 TOR 66 85 .437 21.5 L 6 2-8 6-14 10-20
Avg 78 73 .516 5-4 10-10 14-15
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2012.

The standings above only reflect where we are today, but to truly appreciate this race you need to see these two teams each day since September 3, three weeks ago.

Here are the Yankees results:

Gm# Date Tm Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB
134 Monday, Sep 3 boxscore NYY @ TBR L 3 4 76-58 1 up 1.0
135 Tuesday, Sep 4 boxscore NYY @ TBR L 2 5 76-59 1 Tied
136 Wednesday, Sep 5 boxscore NYY @ TBR W 6 4 77-59 1 up 1.0
137 Thursday, Sep 6 boxscore NYY @ BAL L 6 10 77-60 1 Tied
138 Friday, Sep 7 boxscore NYY @ BAL W 8 5 78-60 1 up 1.0
139 Saturday, Sep 8 boxscore NYY @ BAL L 4 5 78-61 1 Tied
140 Sunday, Sep 9 boxscore NYY @ BAL W 13 3 79-61 1 up 1.0
141 Tuesday, Sep 11 boxscore NYY @ BOS L 3 4 79-62 1 Tied
142 Wednesday, Sep 12 boxscore NYY @ BOS W 5 4 80-62 1 Tied
143 Thursday, Sep 13 boxscore NYY @ BOS W 2 0 81-62 1 Tied
144 Friday, Sep 14 boxscore NYY TBR L 4 6 81-63 1 Tied
145 Saturday, Sep 15 boxscore NYY TBR W 5 3 82-63 1 up 1.0
146 Sunday, Sep 16 boxscore NYY TBR W 6 4 83-63 1 up 1.0
147 Wednesday, Sep 19 boxscore NYY TOR W 4 2 84-63 1 up 0.5
148 Wednesday, Sep 19 boxscore NYY TOR W 2 1 85-63 1 up 0.5
149 Thursday, Sep 20 boxscore NYY TOR W 10 7 86-63 1 up 1.0
150 Friday, Sep 21 boxscore NYY OAK W 2 1 10 87-63 1 up 1.0
Gm# Date Tm Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB
151 Saturday, Sep 22 boxscore NYY OAK W 10 9 14 88-63 1 up 1.0
152 Sunday, Sep 23 boxscore NYY OAK L 4 5 88-64 1 up 1.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2012.

Now, take a look at the Orioles day-to-day:

Gm# Date Tm Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB
134 Monday, Sep 3 boxscore BAL @ TOR W 4 0 75-59 2 1.0
135 Tuesday, Sep 4 boxscore BAL @ TOR W 12 0 76-59 1 Tied
136 Wednesday, Sep 5 boxscore BAL @ TOR L 4 6 76-60 2 1.0
137 Thursday, Sep 6 boxscore BAL NYY W 10 6 77-60 1 Tied
138 Friday, Sep 7 boxscore BAL NYY L 5 8 77-61 2 1.0
139 Saturday, Sep 8 boxscore BAL NYY W 5 4 78-61 1 Tied
140 Sunday, Sep 9 boxscore BAL NYY L 3 13 78-62 2 1.0
141 Tuesday, Sep 11 boxscore BAL TBR W 9 2 79-62 1 Tied
142 Wednesday, Sep 12 boxscore BAL TBR W 3 2 80-62 1 Tied
143 Thursday, Sep 13 boxscore BAL TBR W 3 2 14 81-62 1 Tied
144 Friday, Sep 14 boxscore BAL @ OAK L 2 3 81-63 1 Tied
145 Saturday, Sep 15 boxscore BAL @ OAK L 2 5 81-64 2 1.0
146 Sunday, Sep 16 boxscore BAL @ OAK W 9 5 82-64 2 1.0
147 Monday, Sep 17 boxscore BAL @ SEA W 10 4 83-64 2 0.5
148 Tuesday, Sep 18 boxscore BAL @ SEA W 4 2 18 84-64 1 Tied
149 Wednesday, Sep 19 boxscore BAL @ SEA W 3 1 11 85-64 2 0.5
150 Friday, Sep 21 boxscore BAL @ BOS W 4 2 86-64 2 1.0
Gm# Date Tm Opp R RA Inn W-L Rank GB
151 Saturday, Sep 22 boxscore BAL @ BOS W 9 6 12 87-64 2 1.0
152 Sunday, Sep 23 boxscore BAL @ BOS L 1 2 87-65 2 1.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2012.

In honor of the Jewish New Year, let’s read these two result charts from the right.

  • GB stands for Games Behind and since Sept 3, the Yankees have either been tied for first or held a one-game lead over the Orioles. No more than one-game, meaning every game is pressure-filled on the field and scoreboard watching for these two teams.
  • There have been eight days that these two teams have been tied for first.
  • The Yankees are 2-0 and the O’s are 4-0 in extra-inning games.
  • The Yankees have been 12-7 since September 3.
  • The Orioles have been 13-6 since September 3.
  • The Yankees have played 10 on the road and nine at home.
  • The Orioles have played 12 on the road and seven at home.
  • The Yankees have been 3-4 in one-run games.
  • The Orioles have been 3-2 in one-run games.
  • The Yankees have been 5-0 in two-run games
  • The Orioles have been 3-1 in two-run games

Here’s what’s left for each team.

The Yankees remaining schedule:

Gm# Date Tm Opp
153 Monday, Sep 24 NYY @ MIN 8:10pm
154 Tuesday, Sep 25 NYY @ MIN 8:10 pm
155 Wednesday, Sep 26 NYY @ MIN 1:10 pm
156 Thursday, Sep 27 NYY @ TOR 7:07 pm
157 Friday, Sep 28 NYY @ TOR 7:07 pm
158 Saturday, Sep 29 NYY @ TOR 1:07 pm
159 Sunday, Sep 30 NYY @ TOR 1:07 pm
160 Monday, Oct 1 NYY BOS 7:05 pm
161 Tuesday, Oct 2 NYY BOS 7:05 pm
162 Wednesday, Oct 3 NYY BOS 7:05 pm
Gm# Date Tm Opp
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2012.

The Orioles remaining schedule:

Gm# Date Tm Opp
153/4 Monday, Sep 24* BAL TOR 3:33am
155 Tuesday, Sep 25 BAL TOR 7:05 pm
156 Wednesday, Sep 26 BAL TOR 7:05 pm
157 Friday, Sep 28 BAL BOS 7:05 pm
158 Saturday, Sep 29 BAL BOS 7:05 pm
159 Sunday, Sep 30 BAL BOS 1:35 pm
160 Monday, Oct 1 BAL @ TBR 7:10 pm
161 Tuesday, Oct 2 BAL @ TBR 7:10 pm
162 Wednesday, Oct 3 BAL @ TBR 7:10 pm
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2012.
* The Orioles has a doubleheader today against Toronto
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