From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team, which won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 82 Games:
Monday night: Atlanta 5, Yankees 3 (11 innings)
The Atlanta Braves won the opener of their three-game series at The Stadium on Monday night, 5-3, in 11 innings.
Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run homer off David Robertson in the 11th that barely cleared the fence in right field past the leap of Aaron Judge to break the 3-3 tie.
The Braves bullpen of Sam Freeman, Dan Winkler, Jesse Biddle, and A.J. Minter shut out the Yankees for the final five innings of the game.
July 9, 1998: Yankees 2, Tampa Bay 0
This was the 1998 Yankees' seventh win in a row.
Andy Pettitte earned his 11th win of the year, improving to 11-5 and lowering his ERA to 3.66, as he threw eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and a walk, while striking out eight.
Mariano Rivera worked around a hit and two walks in the ninth to earn his 23rd save in 1998.
The lone offense of the game came when Joe Girardi bashed a two-run homer off the Devil Rays' Bryan Rekar in the second inning.
Where they stand: With the loss Monday night, the 2018 Yankees (54-28) are now eight games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 62-20 through 82 games.