|Derek Jeter with Manager Joe Torre (r.) and Bench Coach Don Zimmer (l.).|
From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 52 Games:
Wednesday night: Yankees 5, Astros 3
In a battle of aces, the Yankees' Luis Severino bested Houston's Dallas Keuchel.
Severino went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, with a superb 11 strikeouts, to improve to 8-1 on the season with a 2.31 ERA.
Keuchel lasted just five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks, with seven K's, to drop to 3-7 on the season with a 3.65 ERA.
The Yankees were trailing 2-1 in the fifth when Gary Sanchez got a two-run single to give them the lead, and they added to it in the sixth when Didi Gregorius had an RBI single followed by an Aaron Hicks RBI double to make it 5-2.
June 2, 1998: Yankees 6, White Sox 3
David Wells threw a gem in this one, as he went eight innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk, with five strikeouts, to run his record to 8-1 on the season.
The Yankees were trailing 2-1 in the fifth (same as in Game #52 in 2018) when they erupted for four runs , as Scott Brosius has an RBI single followed by a three-run home run for Derek Jeter to make it 5-2.
Albet Belle homered to lead off the top of the sixth for Chicago, and Chuck Knoblauch got that run back in the seventh when he had an RBI double that made it 6-3 Yankees.
Mariano Rivera earned his 11th save, on his way to 36 for the entire season.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (35-17) remain four games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 39-13 (.750 winning percentage) through 52 games.