Hey, New York baseball fan: Is your pace a little more springy these days? Does the scent of freshly mown grass smell a little sweeter? Does the crackle of ash on cowhide sound like good music?
Should. The Yankees were the first team in the majors to 50 wins, in just 67 games, and the Mets had the second-best record in baseball until Monday, 45-24.
Statistically, this could end up being the best combined season in New York baseball history.
Yes, there are more months to play, players to be healthy or injured, and wins and losses to be achieved. But the Yankees (.746) and Mets (.652) have an average win rate of .699. That would dwarf their average win rate in any of the previous 60 seasons they have lived with.
Surprisingly, the previous best full season between them wasn’t 2000, when the Yankees beat the Mets in the Subway Series. The fates lined up for those teams in the postseason, but the Mets entered those playoffs as wild cards with a .580 win rate and the Yankees, though division winners, were a relatively pedantic .540.
Their best combined season had come two years earlier, when the 1998 Yankees were 114-48 for a 0.704 win rate – and they won the World Series. Combine that with the Mets’ second place finish in the National League East with a record of 88-74 (.543) and you’ll get an average percentage of .624. A large figure but well below this year’s .699.
The MLB 2022 season
“Relax, okay? Don’t try to hit everyone. Strikes are boring! Other than that, they’re fascists. Throw a few balls on the ground, it’s more democratic.”
- An anomalous who wants to adapt: She tried her hand at college softball, but Kelsie Whitmore is where she belongs: playing professional baseball on Staten Island.
- An ace searches for a new title: Dave Stewart was a champion, a coach, an agent and an executive. To really change baseball, he wants to own a team.
- Look good, feel good, play well. Good smell?: For many players, a heavy dose of cologne or women’s perfume is the most unlikely of the performance enhancers.
- King of Throws: Tom House has spent his life helping superstars get even better. With a new app he wants to fix young pitchers before they develop bad habits.
The Yankees and Mets also achieved at least a .600 win rate between them in 1999 (.600; Yankees won the World Series), 1986 (.612; Mets won the World Series) and 1985 (.604) .
This is probably a good place to acknowledge that many New York fans don’t see combined greatness as a good thing. For these fans, it is not enough for their favorite team to succeed; their crosstown rival must fail too. So the number of fans cheering on these teams to get through 1998 may be small and rare.
Of course, the history of New York baseball, and its fierce rivalries, didn’t begin when the Mets arrived in the city in 1962. But even if you include the days the Yankees shared the city with the New Yorkers. Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, the current season remains in the lead.
The best season of the New York three-team era was 1942 (.634). The Yankees made the World Series and the Dodgers and the Giants finished second and third in the National League. But they all fell in front of Stan Musial’s St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Yankees in a five-game World Series.
The other .600 seasons of that era all came in the 1950s: 1951 (.626, Yankees on Giants in the World Series), 1952 (.614, Yankees on Dodgers) and 1954 (.632, Giants won the series) .
Going back to the days before the Yankees existed, the city’s best 19th century season came in 1889, when the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (later the Dodgers) of the American Association and the Giants of the National League teamed up for a winning percentage of 0.669. The Giants went on to beat the Dodgers in an inter-league championship that was a predecessor to the modern World Series.
Unfortunately, the registrations are not entirely complete. The stats of many black leagues are now recognized as being equivalent to the other major leagues, but the records are not complete enough for an accurate inclusion. A big season came in 1947, when the New York Cubans, with Minnie Miñoso and Luis Tiant Sr., won the Negro World Series after scoring a .687 win rate, while Yanks, Giants and Dodgers teamed up for a record of. .589. But that season’s average win rate was dragged down by the New York Black Yankees, who were a scary 12-43.
Maintaining a high win rate with multiple teams involved is difficult. Fittingly, New York’s best baseball season, dating back to the founding of the Giants as New York Gothams in 1883, technically came in the dark four years after the Giants and Dodgers headed west, leaving the Yankees as the only games in town. . It was 1961, the Mets were within a year of stumbling into existence, and the Yankees recorded a .673 win rate as Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle battled to beat Babe Ruth’s home run record. They put icing on the cake by winning the World Series.
It will not be known for months whether this season’s Yankees and Mets will outperform the regular season success of 1889, 1942, 1961 or 1998. But no matter how you count things, it has been a golden season for New York baseball. York. Maybe it will spread to Jets and Giants.