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Dream Season: The Yankees and Mets have the best records in the majors

Hey, New York baseball fans: Is your step a little springy these days? Does the aroma of freshly chopped grass look a bit sweet? Does the ash crack in beef skin sound like beautiful music?

It must be done. The Yankees were the first team to win 50 in the majors – made it in just 67 games – and had the second-best record in Mets baseball at 45-24 through Monday.

Statistically, this is the best combined season in New York baseball history.

Yes, there are many more months to play, players must be healthy or injured and have to win and lose. But the Yankees (.746) and Mets (.652) have an average win percentage of .699. That dwarfed their average winning percentage in the previous 60 seasons they coexisted.

Surprisingly, the previous best full season between them wasn’t 2000, when the Yankees beat the Mets in a subway series. The Fates were attached to the teams the following season, but the Mets entered the playoffs as a wild card with a .580 winning percentage, and the Yankees, when they won the division, were relatively pedestrian.

His best combined season came two years ago, when the 1998 Yankees’ .704 winning percentage was 114-48 – and went on to win the World Series. Combine that with the Mets ’second-place finish in the National League East with an 88-74 (.543) record, and you get an average percentage of .624. Good guy but less than .699 this year.

The Yankees and Mets also reached at least a .600 winning percentage in 1999 (.600; the Yankees won the World Series), 1986 (.612; the Mets won the World Series) and 1985 (.604).

This is probably the best place to admit that a lot of New York fans don’t see combined classics as good. For these fans, their favorite team is not enough to succeed; Their crosstown rival should also fail. So the number of fans rooted for these teams may be less than 1998.

Of course, the history of New York baseball and its fierce rivalries did not begin in 1962 when the Mets came to town. But even if you add the days the Yankees shared with the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, the current season is over.

1942 (.634) was the best season of New York’s three-team era. The Yankees made the World Series and the Dodgers and Giants finished second and third in the National League. But they all fell ahead of the Stan Musical’s St. Louis Cardinals, who defeated the Yankees in a five-game World Series.

All of the other 600-plus seasons of that era came in the 1950s: 1951 (.626, the Giants over the Yankees in the World Series), 1952 (.614, the Yankees over the Dodgers) and 1954 (.632, the Giants won the series).

Going back to the days before the Yankees existed, the city’s best 19th-century season came in 1889, with the Brooklyn Brygrooms (later the Dodgers of the National League) American Association and the Giants of the National League with a .669 winning percentage. The Giants defeated the Dodgers in the championship between the leagues, the predecessor of the modern World Series.

Unfortunately, the records are not fully completed. The statistics of many Negro leagues are now recognized as being the same as those of the other major leagues, but the records for inclusion are not quite complete. A great season came in 1947 when the New York Cubans with Minnie Minoso and Luis Tient Sr. won the Negro World Series after a .687 winning percentage, but the Yanks, Giants and Dodgers combined for a .589 record. But the average winning percentage of the season was pulled down by the New York Black Yankees, who were 12-43.

It is tough to keep a winning percentage with multiple teams participating. Appropriately, the best New York baseball season came in four dark years, led by the Giants and Dodgers West, until the Giants were founded as New York Gotham in 1883, which left the Yankees. Same game in the city. It was 1961, a year before the Mets stumbled into existence, and the Yankees posted a .673 winning percentage as Roger Morris and Mickey Mantle fought to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. He topped the cherry by winning the World Series.

It is unknown for months whether the Yankees and Mets will surpass the regular-season success of 1889, 1942, 1961 or 1998. But no matter how you count things, it’s a golden season for New York baseball. Maybe it rubs off on jets and giants.

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