Dream season: Yankees and Mets have the best results in majors

Hey New York baseball fans! Has your gait become more elastic lately? Does the scent of freshly cut grass smell a little sweeter? Does the crackle of ash on cowhide sound like beautiful music?

Must. Yankees were the first team in the Majors to reach 50 wins – in 67 games in total – and Metz was the second-best record in baseball through Monday, 45-24.

Statistically, this could prove to be the best combined season in New York baseball history.

Yes, there are still a few months ahead, players should recover or get injured, as well as winning and losing streaks. But the Yankees (.746) and the Mets (.652) have an average winning percentage of .699. This would dwarf their average winning percentage in any of the previous 60 seasons they co-existed.

Surprisingly, the previous best full season between them wasn’t in 2000, when the Yankees beat the Mets in Metro Series. The fortunes of these teams converged in the postseason, but the Mets entered the playoffs as a wild card with a .580 winning percentage, and the Yankees, as division winners, were a relatively mediocre .540.

Their best season together was two years prior, when the 1998 Yankees led 114–48 with a .704 winning percentage. went on to win the World Series. Combine that with the Mets finishing second in the National League East with an 88–74 record (.543) and you have a .624 average percentage. An excellent figure, but much less than 0.699 this year.

The Yankees and Mets also achieved at least 0.600 winning percentage between themselves in 1999 (.600; Yankees won the World Series), 1986 (.612; Mets won the World Series), and 1985 (.604).

It’s probably a good place to admit that many New York fans don’t think that combined greatness is a good thing. For these fans, it’s not enough for their favorite team to succeed; their rival from another city must also fail. So there may be very few fans who are rooting for these teams to surpass 1998.

Of course, New York baseball’s history and bitter rivalry didn’t begin when the Mets came to town in 1962. the season is still going strong.

The best season of the three-team era in New York was 1942 (.634). The Yankees advanced to the World Series, while the Dodgers and Giants finished second and third in the National League. But they all fell before St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Yankees in a five-game World Series.

All of the other .600-plus seasons of that 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 even existed, the city’s best 19th-century season came in 1889, when the Brooklyn Groomsmen (later the Dodgers) of the American Association and the Giants of the National League combined for .669 percent. victories. The Giants beat the Dodgers in league championship it was the forerunner of the modern World Series.

Unfortunately, the records are not entirely complete. The statistics of many Negro leagues are now recognized as equivalent to other major leagues, but the records are not complete enough for accurate inclusion. One great season came in 1947 when the New York Cubans with Minnie Mignoso and Luis Tiant Sr. won the Negro World Series after hitting a .687 winning percentage while the Yanks, Giants, and Dodgers combined posted a record of .589. But that season’s average win percentage was reduced by the New York Black Yankees, who were a terrifying 12-43.

Maintaining a high win rate with multiple teams is difficult. It’s fitting that New York City’s best baseball season, dating back to the Giants’ founding as the New York Gothams in 1883, technically fell four dark years after the Giants and Dodgers took the lead in the West. leaving the Yankees the only game in town. It was 1961, the Mets were a year short of existence, and the Yankees had a .673 winning percentage playing Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. fought to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. They made the icing on the cake by winning the World Series.

Whether the Yankees and Mets can beat the 1889, 1942, 1961, or 1998 regular season success this season remains to be seen for several months. But whatever you think, it was a golden season for New York baseball. Maybe it will erase on planes and giants.