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 92 Games:
Thursday night: Yankees 7, Indians 4
This was a battle between two of baseball’s best pitchers, Luis Severino of the Yankees and Corey Kluber of the Indians.
Cleveland got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as Jose Ramirez had an RBI single, followed by a home run from Edwin Encarnacion to make it 2-0.
The Yankees tied it in the third when Brett Gardner hit a two-run shot, and after Cleveland got a run in the bottom of the third, the Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on a Didi Gregorius homer, followed by a Greg Bird RBI double.
Cleveland tied it at 4 in the bottom of the fifth as Ramirez homered.
It stayed that way until the eighth, when the Yankees took the lead on an Aaron Hicks RBI double, and he scored on a Bird sacrifice fly to make it 6-4. Brett Gardner hit a solo homer in the ninth to give them some insurance.
Severino went five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk, with a strikeout.
Adam Warren, David Robertson (who got the win), Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman (who got his 25th save) pitched an inning apiece and did not allow a hit.
July 19, 1998: Toronto 9, Yankees 3
The Yankees got on the board in the top of the third on a Tino Martinez sacrifice fly, but it was all Toronto after that.
Jose Canseco launched a grand slam in the bottom of the third, Carlos Delgado had a two-run shot in the fifth, and Canseco had another homer, a solo shot, in the seventh, to make it 7-3 Jays.
Andy Pettitte took the loss for the Yankees, as he allowed seven runs on six hits and seven walks, with seven strikeouts, in 6 2/3 innings, to fall to 12-6.
Woody Williams got the win for Toronto, as he went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and five walks, with three strikeouts, to improve to 9-4.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (61-31) are now seven games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 68-24 through 92 games.