From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the current Yankees with the 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 49 Games:
Sunday: Yankees 3, Angels 1
Masahiro Tanaka threw a gem to lead the Yankees to a 3-1 win the series finale with the Angels.
Tanaka went six innings, allowing just one run on three hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts, to improve to 6-2 on the season.
The Yankees got three runs in the bottom of the third. It started when Garrett Richards walked Aaron Hicks with the bases loaded, and that was the last batter he would face.
Jose Alvarez came in for the Angels, and he forced in a run when he hit Greg Bird with a pitch with the bases loaded, and the Yankees made it 3-0 when a run came in a fielder’s choice hit by Miguel Andujar.
That was more than enough for Tanaka, who kept the Angels in check except for an Andrelton Simmons homer in the sixth.
May 30, 1998: Red Sox 3, Yankees 2
The Yankees got a run off Boston starter Bret Saberhagen in the bottom of the third when Jorge Posada got an RBI single.
Boston responded against Yankee starter Hideki Irabu in the fourth when Mo Vaughn launched a two-run homer, and in the seventh, when Lou Merloni had an RBI single that made it 3-1.
The Yankees got a run back in the bottom of the eighth when Paul O’Neill got an RBI single off Boston closer Tom Gordon.
Gordon would hang in there, and pitched two innings to earn his 19th save of the season.
Saberhagen, who used to pitch for the Mets, went 6 2/3 in this one, allowing one run on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts, to improve to 6-3 on the season.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (33-16) gained a game on the 1998 Yankees, who with the loss to Boston, dropped to 37-12 through 49 games.