It’s a great yr to be a Latest York baseball team. As a rather truncated April got here to an in depth on Saturday, the Yankees had one of the best record within the American League at 15-6 and the Mets were tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for one of the best record within the National League at 15-7.
While not without precedent, the sight of each Latest York teams on top of their respective leagues at the top of April has been rare within the 61 seasons that the Mets and Yankees have coexisted. The last time it happened was 1986 — a yr that turned out pretty much for the Mets. The one other time it occurred was 1976, when the Yankees closed April with a 10-3 record (eventually occurring to lose the World Series) while the Mets were pacing the N.L. at 13-7 (they eventually didn’t make the playoffs).
The restocked Mets have had phenomenal pitching this season — Friday’s no-hitter was a team effort within the truest sense — while the Yankees’ batters have mostly pounded their strategy to victory. However the Bombers closed April with an odd one, beating the Kansas City Royals, 3-0, on Saturday in a game during which the runs were scored on a double-play grounder and two sacrifice flies.
“When you need to be an entire team and a extremely good one, you will have to search out ways at times to win in alternative ways,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the quirky victory.
Overall, the Yankees have had the A.L.’s best record entering May 1 seven times since 1962, in accordance with Baseball Reference, while the Mets have paced the N.L. 4 times. Before that, the Yankees had the highest April record within the A.L. 18 times from 1903 to 1961. In seven of those 18 seasons, the highest April team within the N.L. was either the Brooklyn Dodgers or the Latest York Giants.
Now the trick for each of the Latest York teams is to increase their hot starts. The Yankees are starting May with a road game on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals, while the Mets are scheduled to face the Philadelphia Phillies at home in a Sunday night rubber match during which the Mets try to win a series for the seventh straight time to start out the season.