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Dream Season: Yankees and Mets Have the Best Records in Majors


Hey, Recent York baseball fans: Is your step slightly springier today? Does the scent of freshly mowed grass smell slightly sweeter? Does the crack of ash on cowhide sound like beautiful music?

It should. The Yankees were the primary team within the majors to 50 wins — doing it in just 67 games — and the Mets had the second-best record in baseball through Monday, at 45-24.

Statistically, this might wind up being the very best combined season in Recent York baseball history.

Yes, there are more months to be played, players to get healthy or injured and winning and losing streaks available. However the Yankees (.746) and the Mets (.652) have a median winning percentage of .699. That may dwarf their average winning percentage in any of the previous 60 seasons during which they’ve coexisted.

Surprisingly, the previous best full season between them was not 2000, when the Yankees beat the Mets within the Subway Series. Fates aligned for those teams within the postseason, however the Mets entered those playoffs as a wild card with a .580 winning percentage and the Yankees, while a division winner, were a comparatively pedestrian .540.

Their best combined season had come two years before, when the 1998 Yankees were 114-48 for a .704 winning percentage — and went on to win the World Series. Mix that with the Mets’ ending second within the National League East with a record of 88-74 (.543), and also you get a mean percentage of .624. An excellent figure but well in need of this yr’s .699.

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The Yankees and the Mets also reached a minimum of a .600 winning percentage between them in 1999 (.600; Yankees won the World Series), 1986 (.612; Mets won the World Series) and 1985 (.604).

This might be a great place to acknowledge that loads of Recent York fans don’t see combined greatness as a great thing. For these fans, it shouldn’t be enough that their favored team succeed; their crosstown rival must also fail. So the variety of fans rooting for these teams to surpass 1998 could also be few and much between.

In fact, Recent York’s baseball history, and its fierce rivalries, didn’t start when the Mets got here to town in 1962. But even in case you include the times when the Yankees shared the town with the Recent York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, the present season stays on top.

The very best season from Recent York’s three-team era was 1942 (.634). The Yankees made the World Series and the Dodgers and the Giants finished second and third within the National League. But all of them fell before Stan Musial’s St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Yankees in a five-game World Series.

The opposite .600-plus seasons of that era all got here within the Fifties: 1951 (.626, Yankees over Giants within the World Series), 1952 (.614, Yankees over Dodgers) and 1954 (.632, Giants won the Series).

Going back to the times before the Yankees existed, the town’s best Nineteenth-century season got here in 1889, when the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (later the Dodgers) of the American Association and the Giants of the National League combined for a .669 winning percentage. The Giants went on to beat the Dodgers in a championship between the leagues that was a predecessor of the fashionable World Series.

Unfortunately, the records will not be entirely complete. Statistics from lots of the Negro leagues at the moment are recognized as having been the equivalent of the opposite major leagues, however the records will not be complete enough for precise inclusion. One great season got here in 1947, when the Recent York Cubans, with Minnie Miñoso and Luis Tiant Sr., won the Negro World Series after having a .687 winning percentage, while the Yanks, Giants and Dodgers combined for a .589 record. But that season’s average winning percentage is dragged down by the Recent York Black Yankees, who were an appalling 12-43.

Keeping a winning percentage high with multiple teams involved is hard. Fittingly, the highest Recent York baseball season, going all the way in which back to the founding of the Giants because the Recent York Gothams in 1883, technically got here within the 4 dark years after the Giants and Dodgers headed West, which left the Yankees because the only game on the town. It was 1961, the Mets were a yr away from stumbling into existence, and the Yankees posted a winning percentage of .673 as Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle battled to interrupt Babe Ruth’s home run record. They put a cherry on top by winning the World Series.

Whether this season’s Yankees and Mets can surpass the regular-season success of 1889, 1942, 1961 or 1998 is not going to be known for months. But irrespective of the way you count things, it has been a golden season for Recent York baseball. Perhaps it’s going to rub off on the Jets and Giants.

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