Dream season: The Yankees and the Mets have the best record in the majors.

Hey, New York Baseball Fans: Are you a little quick these days? Is the scent of freshly cut grass a little too sweet? Does the crack of ashes on a cow’s cloak sound like beautiful music?

It should be. The Yankees were the first team in the Majors to win 50 – which they did in just 67 games – and the Mets had a second-best record of 45-24 in baseball until Monday.

According to statistics, this could be the best joint season in the history of New York baseball.

Yes, there are months left to play, players are healthy or injured and there are still winning and losing streams. But the average winning percentage of Yankees (.746) and Mets (.652) is .699. This will reduce their average winning percentage in any of the last 60 seasons in which they have been together.

Surprisingly, the last full season between them was not 2000, when the Yankees defeated the Mets in the Subway Series. Fortune favors these teams in the post-season, but the Mets entered the playoffs as a wild card with a .580 winning percentage and the Yankees, while the division winners, were relatively pedestrians.

Their best combined season came two years ago, when the 1998 Yankees were 114-48 for 704 winning percentage – and went on to win the World Series. Combine that with the Mets’ 88-74 (.543) record coming second in the National League East, and you get an average percentage of .624. A great personality but much less than this year’s .699.

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

It is perhaps a good place to acknowledge that many New York fans do not see shared greatness as a good thing. It is not enough for these fans that their favorite team is successful. His cross-town rival must also fail. Therefore, the number of fans leaving these teams behind 1998 may be less and in between.

Of course, the history of New York baseball, and its bitter feuds, did not begin until the Mets arrived in the city in 1962. But if you include the days when the Yankees shared the city with the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, the current season stays on top.

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

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

Going back to the days before the Yankees, the best season of the 19th century came in 1889, when the Brooklyn Breedrooms (later Dodgers) of the American Association and the Giants of the National League together won .669%. The Giants defeated the Dodgers, the forerunner of the modern world series, in the inter-league championship.

Unfortunately, the records are not completely complete. Statistics from many Negro leagues now acknowledge that they are on par with other major leagues, but the record is not enough for proper inclusion. A great season came in 1947, when the New York Cubans, along with Minnie Minoso and Louis Titin Sr., won the Negro World Series with a winning percentage of .687, while the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers together recorded .589. ۔ But this season’s average winning percentage was dragged down by the New York Black Yankees, who were terrifying 12-43.

It is difficult to have a high winning percentage with multiple teams. Appropriately, New York’s best baseball season came in four dark years after the Giants and Dodgers technically moved westward, until the Giants formed as the New York Gotham in 1883, leaving the Yankees. ۔ The only game in town. It was 1961, a year before the Mets came into being, and the Yankees posted a winning percentage of .673 when Roger Mars and Mickey Mantle fought to break Baby Ruth’s home run record. He won the World Series and put the cherry on top.

Whether or not this season’s Yankees and Mets can surpass the regular season success of 1889, 1942, 1961 or 1998 remains to be seen for months. But no matter how you count things, this has been a golden season for New York baseball. Maybe it will rub on jets and giants.

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