Another night, another victory for the New York Yankees. Baseball’s top team improved to 47-16 thanks to Anthony Rizzo’s home run against the AL East rival Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night (NY 2, TB 1). The victory was New York’s seventh in a row overall and its 14th in a row at Yankee Stadium. This is their longest home winning streak since 1961.
New York has eight straight wins this season, three more than any other team. Here is Rizzo’s speech:
The Yankees won Thursday’s game despite losing to Luis Severino, their scheduled starter.. Four pitchers teamed up to hold the Rays to three hits and one solo homer in the win. Clark Schmidt gave up the first three innings and journeyman Ryan Weber, who replaced Severino on the roster, allowed one to go for 3 2/3 innings.
With this win, the Yankees opened up a 10-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in East Alabama, and they have a six-game lead over the rest of baseball. The New York Mets have the second best record in baseball, 42-23, and are closer to the 10th best record than the first. The gap between the Yankees and everyone else is significant.
A 47-16 start is tied with 1998 and is the third-best start of 63 games in Yankee history, behind only 1939 (49-14) and 1928 (48-15). The Yankees won the World Series in 1928, 1939 and 1998. This is the eighth home win streak of at least 14 games in Yankee history. Here are the other seven:
- From May 3 to June 6, 1942: 18 games
- June 22 to July 27, 1941: 16 games
- June 9 – July 17, 1938: 16 games
- August 16 – September 26, 1961: 15 games
- April 23 to May 18, 1932: 15 games
- July 25 – August 29, 1954: 14 games
- June 26 – July 28, 1927: 14 games
This is the Yankees’ longest home run streak at the new Yankee Stadium and their longest home run streak since Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. Overall, the Yankees are playing 28–7 at home and have beaten their rivals 181–96. That’s an average of 2.4 runs per game.
The Yankees begin a three-game streak against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday night. Their next home game will be next Thursday, June 23rd. It will be the first game in a four-game series against the Houston Astros.