Yankees on pace for most wins in history

It might be time to start seriously asking yourself if the New York Yankees are putting together a historic season. With nearly 40% of the 2022 schedule complete, the Bronx Bombers are on pace to comfortably set the record for the most wins in a single season.

The Yankees are atop the 2022 MLB overall standings with a 46-16 record in 62 of 162 games. If New York’s .742 winning percentage holds up for the season, it would be good for a remarkable 120-42 record.

The 2001 Seattle Mariners and the 1906 Chicago Cubs share the MLB single-season record with 116 wins. The Cubs had a .763 winning percentage in a 155-game season, losing only 36 games and recording three ties.

In 1998, the Yankees set the franchise record with 114 wins before winning the first of three consecutive World Series. Both the Mariners and Cubs failed to win the championship.

Can the 2022 Yankees keep up this pace and make history? A closer look at the numbers suggests that New York’s strong start is no fluke. The Yankees have been the best team in the MLB by a wide margin.

The New York Mets are second in the MLB overall standings, six games behind the Yankees. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ second-best run differential of plus-111 is far behind the Yankees’ plus-130 run differential. The San Diego Padres are a distant third, having outscored their opponents by 72 runs.

The Yankees have a nine-game lead in MLB’s best division. The three AL wild-card spots are held by teams from the AL East. New York’s victory over the defending American League East Division champion Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday gives New York a series record 16-2-2 in 2022.

The Yankees haven’t just taken advantage of an easy schedule. New York’s 17-7 record against teams that have a winning record is the best in baseball. The Yankees are 13-4 in one-run games.

Much of the Yankees’ success is a product of the team’s outstanding pitching. The Yankees lead the MLB with a 2.81 ERA. Gerrit Cole, the 2021 AL Cy Young runner-up, has the worst ERA of any Yankees starter at 3.33. Nestor Cortes has a 1.94 ERA in 12 starts. Clay Holmes transformed into one of the best relievers in the league as he took over the closer role, tying Marian Rivera team record with 28 straight appearances without scoring.

The Yankees are the only team in the American League to average more than five runs per game. Aaron Judge is the clear favorite for AL MVP with 25 home runs and a league-best 1.067 OPS. Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Treviño and Gleyber Torres are all slugging .490 or better.

No team has hit more home runs, and no team has allowed fewer home runs, than the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees are in the bottom third of the league in strikeouts. New York is even an elite defensive team, ranking third in defensive runs saved.

Two straight wins over the Rays start a tough part of the Yankees’ schedule. Through June 26, New York has 13 games against the Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros.

If the Yankees can maintain their current pace through the rest of the month, a record 116 wins in a single season could become a realistic goal for New York.

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