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

Hey, New York baseball followers: Is your step just a little springier lately? Does the scent of freshly mowed grass odor just a little sweeter? Does the crack of ash on cowhide sound like stunning music?

It ought to. The Yankees had been the first staff in the majors to 50 wins – doing it in solely 67 video games – and the Mets had the second-best report in baseball by way of Monday, at 45-24.

Statistically, this might wind up being the finest mixed season in New York baseball historical past.

Yes, there are extra months to be performed, gamers to get wholesome or injured and successful and dropping streaks available. But the Yankees (.746) and the Mets (.652) have a mean successful proportion of .699. That would dwarf their common successful proportion in any of the earlier 60 seasons in which they’ve coexisted.

Surprisingly, the earlier finest full season between them was not 2000, when the Yankees beat the Mets in the Subway Series. Fates aligned for these groups in the postseason, however the Mets entered these playoffs as a wild card with a .580 successful proportion and the Yankees, whereas a division winner, had been a comparatively pedestrian .540.

Their finest mixed season had come two years earlier than, when the 1998 Yankees had been 114-48 for a .704 successful proportion – and went on to win the World Series. Combine that with the Mets’ ending second in the National League East with a report of 88-74 (.543), and you get a imply proportion of .624. An incredible determine however nicely in need of this yr’s .699.

The Yankees and the Mets additionally reached a minimum of a .600 successful proportion between them in 1999 (.600; Yankees received the World Series), 1986 (.612; Mets received the World Series) and 1985 (.604).

This might be a very good place to acknowledge that loads of New York followers don’t see mixed greatness as a very good factor. For these followers, it’s not sufficient that their favored staff succeed; their crosstown rival should additionally fail. So the variety of followers rooting for these groups to surpass 1998 could also be few and far between.

Of course, New York’s baseball historical past, and its fierce rivalries, didn’t begin when the Mets got here to city in 1962. But even should you embrace the days when the Yankees shared the metropolis with the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, the present season stays on high.

The finest season from New York’s three-team period was 1942 (.634). The Yankees made the World Series and the Dodgers and the Giants completed second and third in the National League. But all of them fell earlier than Stan Musial’s St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Yankees in a five-game World Series.

The different .600-plus seasons of that period all got here in the Nineteen Fifties: 1951 (.626, Yankees over Giants in the World Series), 1952 (.614, Yankees over Dodgers) and 1954 (.632, Giants received the Series) .

Going again to the days earlier than the Yankees existed, the metropolis’s finest 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 mixed for a .669 successful proportion. 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 data aren’t totally full. Statistics from lots of the Negro leagues at the moment are acknowledged as having been the equal of the different main leagues, however the data aren’t full sufficient for exact inclusion. One nice season got here in 1947, when the New York Cubans, with Minnie Miñoso and Luis Tiant Sr., received the Negro World Series after having a .687 successful proportion, whereas the Yanks, Giants and Dodgers mixed for a .589 report. But that season’s common successful proportion was dragged down by the New York Black Yankees, who had been an appalling 12-43.

Keeping a successful proportion excessive with a number of groups concerned is hard. Fittingly, the highest New York baseball season, going all the approach again to the founding of the Giants as the New York Gothams in 1883, technically got here in the 4 darkish years after the Giants and Dodgers headed West, which left the Yankees as the solely sport in city. It was 1961, the Mets had been a yr away from stumbling into existence, and the Yankees posted a successful proportion of .673 as Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle battled to interrupt Babe Ruth’s dwelling run report. They put a cherry on high by successful the World Series.

Whether this season’s Yankees and Mets can surpass the regular-season success of 1889, 1942, 1961 or 1998 won’t be identified for months. But regardless of the way you rely issues, it has been a golden season for New York baseball. Perhaps it would rub off on the Jets and Giants.

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