|In 1998, Yankees Bench Coach Don Zimmer, shortstop Derek Jeter, and Manager Joe Torre.|
From now until the end of the season, we will be keeping track of the 2018 Yankees and how they measure up to the 1998 World Championship team that won 114 games in the regular season.Through 36 Games:
Game 36 - Yankees 5, Orioles 4 - Tuesday, May 17th
The Yankees beat the Orioles for the second straight now, powered by a pair of solo home runs from Aaron Judge, in the third and fifth innings, giving him a league-leading 14 homers on the season. The right fielder also had an RBI doible in the first inning, giving him 30 RBIs on the season.
Jameson Taillon got the win to imrpove to 4-1 on the season, as he went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk, with two strikeouts.
Michael King followed him out of the Yankees' bullpen, and he threw three shutout innings, in which he didn't allow a hit or a walk, and struck out six.
Aroldid Chapman came on to close it out in the ninth, and he allowed a run on three hits, but got out of it to earn his ninth save of the season.
Game 36 - Yankees 5, Twins 2 on May 16, 1998
The Yankees manufatured a few runs early against Minnesota starting pitcher Bob Tewksbury, and took a 5-1 lead on a two-run single from Derek Jeter in the sixth inning.
That Jeter hit chased Tewksbury from the game, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, and saw his record drop to 3-6 with a 3.82 ERA. Tewksbury, known mostly for his time in St. Louis, played his last two seasons in Minnesota, and he retired after the 1998 season, which he finished with a 7-13 record and a 4.79 ERA, in 25 starts.
Ramiro Mendoza got the win for the Yankees, as he went eight innings and allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.
Mariano Rivera, in his second season as Yankees closer, got his eighth save of the season as he retired the Twins in order in the ninth.
Where They Stand: The 2022 Yankees are on the same pace as the 1998 team through 36 games.