I beg to differ.
Infamous New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica wrote a column praising the Padres for nearly matching the Yankees’ success this year despite spending $173 million less on players.
Bla bla bla … the Yankees are evil … bla bla bla.
Lupica forgot to mention one thing, and it seemed fairly obvious to me: Strength of schedule.
Yes, only a game-and-a-half separates the Friars and the Yanks, but the Yankees play the two toughest teams in baseball (besides themselves) more than most teams. Let’s compare divisions, shall we?
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If you look at the MLB RPI rankings, the Yankees are well in front of the Padres in strength of schedule and are a few spots ahead in RPI.
P.S.: The last sentence of Lupica’s column will crack you up, unless you’re a Mets fan.