The length of Red Sox – Yankees games has generated a lot of controversial talk lately. Players on those teams generally attribute the slow pace to their styles of disciplined play. Working deep counts to their advantage is a big part of their success formulas.
But does it pay for them to also play deep into the night? The answer might surprise you.
In games lasting longer than 3 hours and 20 minutes (an arbitrarily-chosen benchmark), the Yankees last season were 31-25.
Under the same conditions, the Red Sox were 27-17.
Meaning, both the Yankees (72-34) and Red Sox (68-50) were actually more successful in quicker games.
Thought you might like to know. I know Joe West does.