(David Wells in 1998)
From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team, which won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 72 Games:
Thursday afternoon: Yankees 4, Seattle 3
The Yankees completed the sweep against the Mariners on Thursday afternoon with a 4-3 victory.
The Yankees got four in the bottom of the first inning against Seattle’s James Paxton, as both Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar belted two-run home runs.
Seattle’s Kyle Seager got a two-run homer of his own in the top of the second, and Ben Gamel got an RBI single in the sixth to make it 4-3.
Yankees starter Luis Severino was pulled in the sixth, as he had gone 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk, with five strikeouts. Severino earned the win to improve to 11-2.
The Yankees bullpen delivered again, as David Robertson went 1 1/3 innings, followed by an inning each from Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, who earned his 22nd save.
June 25, 1998: Yankees 6, Altanta 0
David Wells threw a complete game shutout, as he scattered six hits and no walks, with five strikeouts, to improve to 10-2 in 1998.
The game was scoreless until the sixth when the Yankees broke through against Braves starter Denny Neagle.
Paul O’Neill got a two-run triple and came in to score on an RBi single from Tim Raines. Chad Curtis followed with a two-run homer to make it 5-0 Yankees.
In the eighth, Tino Martinez scored as a result of an error on a hit by Curtis to make it 6-0.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees earned their 50th win on Thursday, and are 50-22. They remain three games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 53-19 through 72 games.