Dream Season: The Yankees and Mets Have the Best Record in Major

Hello New York baseball fans: Is your action the best these days? Does the smell of chopped grass smell sweeter? Does the cracking of the ashes on a cow’s skin sound like good music?

I have to. The Yankees were the first team in a major match with 50 wins – they did so in just 67 games – and the Mets had the second best record in baseball until Monday, 45-24.

Statistically, this could end up being the best season ever included in New York baseball history.

Yes, there are more months to play, players get healthier or injured and win and lose in a row. But the Yankees (.746) and the Mets (.652) have an average winning percentage of .699. That would reduce their average winning percentage in any of the last 60 seasons that they have lived together.

Surprisingly, the best season last season between them was not in 2000, when the Yankees defeated the Mets in the Subway Series. The fate was scheduled for those teams after the season, but the Mets entered the playoffs with a .580 percent victory and the Yankees, while the winner of the unit, were walkers with a margin of .540.

Their best season together had come two years before, when the 1998 Yankees were 114-48 with a .704 percent win – and went on to win the World Cup. Combine that with the Mets who finished second in the Eastern National League with a record 88-74 (.543), and you will get an average percentage of .624. Large but short numbers for this year .699.

The Yankees and Mets also achieved at least .600 percent of their respective victories in 1999 (.600; the Yankees won the World Series), 1986 (.612; the Mets won the World Series) and 1985 (.604).

Perhaps this is a good place to admit that many New York fans do not see greatness together as a good thing. For these fans, it is not enough that the team they love the most will succeed; Their crosstown rival must also defeat. So the number of fans who want these teams to cross in 1998 may be small.

Of course, the history of New York baseball, and its fierce competition, did not begin when the Mets came to the city in 1962. But even if you include the days when the Yankees shared the city with the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, the current season remains at the top.

The best season since the three-team New York era was 1942 (.634). The Yankees made it to the World Cup and the Dodgers and Giants finished second and third in the National League. But they all fell before the Cardinals of St. Louis of Stan Musial, who defeated the Yankees in a five-game World Cup.

Other .600-plus seasons of the entire era came in the 1950s: 1951 (.626, Yankees over Giants in the World Series), 1952 (.614, Yankees over Dodgers) and 1954 (.632, Giants won the Series).

Going back to the days before the Yankees, the best 19th city season came in 1889, when the Bridegrooms Brooklyn (later Dodgers) of the United States and Giants of the National League were tied with a .669 percent win. The Giants went on to beat the Dodgers in a series of leagues that were a precursor to the modern World Series.

Unfortunately, the records are not completely completed. Statistics from many Negro leagues are now recognized as being similar to other major leagues, but the records are not complete enough to be incorporated correctly. One of the best seasons came in 1947, when the Cubans of New York, along with Minnie Miñoso and Luis Tiant Sr., won the Negro World Series with a .687 percent victory, with the Yanks, Giants and Dodgers joining for the record. .589. But an average percentage of the season’s wins are lowered by the Black Yankees of New York, who had an impressive 12-43 points.

Keeping the winning percentage high with most teams involved is difficult. Ideally, the best New York baseball season, dating back to the founding of the Giants as New York’s Gotham in 1883, came professionally in the four dark years after the Giants and Dodgers headed West, which left the Yankees as winners. The only game in town. It was 1961, the Mets had one year left before, with the Yankees scoring a .673 victory with Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle battling to break Babe Ruth’s record of running home. They put the cherry on top by winning the World Cup.

Whether the Yankees and Mets of this season can surpass the success of the regular season of 1889, 1942, 1961 or 1998 will not be known for several months. But no matter how you count things, it has been a great New York baseball season. Maybe it will rub on the Jets and Giants.

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