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 84 Games:
Wednesday afternoon: Yankees 6, Braves 2
In honor of radio announcer John Sterling’s 80th birthday, the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, on Wednesday afternoon to win the three-game series.
CC Sabathia had another great outing for the Yankees, as he went six innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and three walks, with five strikeouts, to improve to 6-3 with an ERA of 3.02.
The big blow came in the third inning when Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run shot, and it was followed by another homer from Kyle Higashioka, his third in the last four games, to make it 5-0 Yankees in the fourth.
July 11, 1998: Yankees 2, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0
This was the 1998 Yankees ninth straight victory and completed a four-game sweep in Tampa Bay.
David Cone threw a gem in this one, as the threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and three walks, while striking out eight, to improve to 13-2.
Mariano Rivera earned his 24th save of the season, as he worked out around two hits to close out the Devil Rays.
The Yankees got on the board in the top of the first when Paul O’Neill had an RBI double in the top of the first, and Chuck Knoblauch made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (56-28) remain eight games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 64-20 through 84 games.
Closer comparison: Through 84 Games, Mariano Rivera in 1998 and Aroldis Chapman this season, each have the same amount of saves, 24. Rivera finished 1998 with 36 saves, and he holds the team record with 53 saves in 2004.