The New York Yankees have been the best team in the MLB through the first two and half months of the season and by a wide margin. They hold a 16-3 record in June and are winners in 20 of their last 25 games. The Yankees are 50-18 through their first 68 games and are looking virtually unstoppable.
This version of the Yankees is just the seventh team in the last 100 years to win 50 of their first 67 games and are on pace to win 120 games this season. That would break the record of 116 wins set by the Chicago Cubs in 1906 and tied by the Seattle Mariners in 2001. They’ve only lost back-to-back games twice this season as they have dominated on the mound and the plate.
The New York Yankees have been dominant at the plate for the season’s first three months.
Led by Aaron Judge’s MLB-leading 25 home runs, the Yankees are reminding everyone why they are nicknamed the Bronx Bombers. They currently lead the MLB with 112 home runs as a team on the season while also ranking second in slugging percentage (.442) and leading the league in OPS (.768).
Home runs through 60 games:
Roger Maris in 1961 – 2️⃣2️⃣
Aaron Judge in 2022 – 2️⃣4️⃣ 👀 pic.twitter.com/7s9g7Xs373
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 14, 2022
While they do strike out a lot, the men in pinstripes have drawn the fourth-most walks of any team (251) and third in OBP (.326). The Yankees also rank second in runs scored (348) and RBIs (329), trailing only their crosstown rivals, the New York Mets.
Their +144 run differential is by far the highest in the Majors; the Los Angeles Dodgers are the closest team in that category at +120. That’s also in large part due to their pitching.
The New York Yankees pitching staff has been arguably the best in baseball all season.
The pitching has been electric in the Bronx this season. The Yankees have done a terrific job keeping runs off the board, as they rank first in runs allowed (204), earned runs allowed (196), second in hits allowed (478), and third in home runs allowed (58). They also own the best ERA (2.88) in the league and are one of just two teams with a sub-3 ERA on the season.
They’re not just keeping runs off the board; they’re also keeping runners off the basepaths. One of the most effective pitching staffs out there, the Yankees rank first in BAA (.212), WHIP (1.06), fourth in the MLB with 625 strikeouts, and they are tied with the Dodgers for the fewest walks allowed (170). The Yankees are also tied with the Mets for the most shutouts (11), and ace Gerrit Cole recently took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
As of this writing, the Yankees are +200 to win the AL Pennant and are tied with the Dodgers as the favorites to win the World Series, with both listed at +450 per DraftKings.
With good health and a little bit of luck, these Yankees look like they are primed to run through everyone who gets in their way as they look to capture their third World Series ring since the turn of the century and 28th in franchise history.