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 88 Games:
Monday afternoon: Orioles 5, Yankees 4
In the first game of a doubleheader (that’s two games!, as Niles Crane of “Frasier” would say), Baltimore came from behind to beat the Yankees, 5-4.
The Yankees got on the board in the second when Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo shot, and then in the third, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius each had RBI singles to make it 3-0.
Baltimore responded in the fourth when Mark Trumbo hit a two-run shot, and then Danny Valencia hit a three-run shot in the sixth to make it 5-4.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia gave up all five runs, on seven hits and three walks, with four strikeouts, to fall to 6-4 on the season.
July 15, 1998: Yankees 11, Detroit 0
Hideki Irabu threw eight innings of shutout ball, allowing just five hits and three walks, with a strikeouts, to improve to 8-3 with a 2.79 ERA.
The Yankees got on the board in the fifth inning, when Ricky Ledee had an RBI double, followed by sacrifice flies from Dale Sveum and Chuck Knoblauch to make it 3-0.
In the sixth, Tim Raines and Chad Curtis had RBI singles to make it 5-0.
The eighth was a big inning, as Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer, followed by a three-run shot for Knoblauch, and a solo shot from Paul O’Neill that made it 11-0.
Where they stand: With the loss on Monday afternoon, the 2018 Yankees (58-30) are now nine games off the pace of the 1998 team, which had a record of 67-21 through 88 games.