From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the current Yankees to their 1998 World Championship counterparts, who won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 40 Games:
Sunday afternoon: Yankees 6, Oakland 2
The Yankees beat the Oakland A’s, 6-2, on Sunday afternoon at The Stadium to take two of three from Oakland in the weekend series.
The Yankees have now won 19 of their last 22 games.
Giancarlo Stanton led the way in this one, as he went 4-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Luis Severino improved to 6-1 on the season, as he allowed one run on five hits and a pair of walks, with seven strikeouts in six innings.
May 21, 1998: Yankees 3, Baltimore 1
This one was a pitching duel between Andy Pettitte of the Yankees and Scott Erickson of the Orioles.
Baltimore got on the board first, as Rafael Palmeiro launched a solo home run off Pettitte in the fourth inning to make it 1-0.
The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the sixth when Joe Girardi came home on a throwing error by Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken off a bunt from Chuck Knoblauch.
In the bottom of the eighth, with Erickson still on the hill for the O’s, Paul O’Neill got an RBI groundout, followed by a Bernie Williams RBI single to make it 3-1 Yankees.
Mariano Rivera came on to pitch a scoreless ninth for his ninth save of the season.
Pettitte went eight innings, and allowed a run on eight hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. He improved to 6-4 on the season at the time, and his ERA was 4.03 at the time.
Erickson, who later pitched for the Yankees, went 7 2/3, and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts. His record dropped to 4-5 with a 5.10 ERA.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees, at 28-12. are three games of the pace of the 1998 team, who were 31-9 through 40 games.