If you looked up the scores and saw the Yankees beat the Mariners, you might shrug your shoulders and go, “Oh they won again, no big deal.” Well, it was a significant win. Thursday’s 4-3 win was their 50th of the year and it’s not even July 1. It occurred in their 72nd game, which among the quickest in team history they’ve reached the 50-win point.
According to a tweet by Katie Sharp the Yankees reached 50 wins this quickly in the following years: 1998, 1953, 1939, 1936, 1932, 1928 and 1927.
What is the commonality of those years? Simple, those account for seven of the 27 World Series titles won by the Yankees.
So, does 50 wins this soon foreshadow a World Series title?
The answer is varied.
For example, the last two champions reached 50 wins before July 1. The Astros needed 74 games to reach 50 wins while the Cubs took 76 games to get there.
Also, the 2013 Red Sox reached the 50-win point this early in their 84th game to end June 2013 but then there’s a long stretch of champions hitting the milestone in July.
Until the Red Sox did it, the last team to do so was the 2005 Chicago White Sox, who are the last champion to win 50 of their last 72 games. Unlike the Yankees, the White Sox were already 10 1/2 games up and they eventually fended off a late charge by the Cleveland Indians.
In 1998, the Yankees reached the 50-win point in only 67 games and were nine up on the Red Sox.
As expected, the Yankees were downplaying the milestone, which is what you would expect. It might not lead to a title, but it certainly is a good sign for a team who has been showing good things all season.
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