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 87 Games:
Sunday afternoon: Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1 (10 innings)
The Yankees got on the board in the second inning when Miguel Andujar got an RBI groundout, and Toronto tied it in the sixth when Kendrys Morales homered.
That was all the scoring until the 10th inning, when Brett Gardner got an RBI single to score Tyler Wade with the winning run.
Domingo German went six innings for the Yankees, allowing just that one run on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
Chad Green pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win and improve to 5-1 on the season, and David Robertson earned his second save of the season.
July 14, 1998: Yankees 7, Indians 1
Cleveland got a run in the bottom of the first on a Travis Fryman sacrifice fly, but it was all Yankees after that.
Ricky Ledee had an RBI single in the second, Tino Martinez had an RBI single in the third, Darry Strawberry had an RBI single in the sixth, Chuck Knoblauch hit a solo home run to lead off the top of the seventh, and in the eighth, Scott Brosius had an RBI single and scored on a triple from Joe Girardi to make it 6-1.
Andy Pettitte threw a complete game to improve to 12-5, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks, by no strikeouts. He threw just 97 pitches, 63 of which were strikes.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (58-29) are eight games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 66-21 through 87 games.