Yankees, Mets are both excellent — how can they improve?

Yankees, Mets are both excellent — how can they improve?

The New York groups not solely had been in first place because the second half started, but additionally had been sporting successful percentages of .600 or higher.

That’s uncommon for the Mets, who solely 4 occasions of their historical past have achieved that degree — the championship seasons of 1969 and 1986 plus 1985 and 1988. The Yankees, by comparability, have three seasons of reaching a .700 successful share and have an opportunity of doing that once more this yr.

What is absolutely uncommon is for each New York groups to be above that .600 mark of excellence in the identical yr. Just one time has a season ended on this means. That was 1985, when the Mets had a .605 successful share and the Yankees completed at .602. Each had been the second-best of their respective leagues, but neither made the playoffs because the Mets completed behind the Cardinals within the NL East and the Yankees behind the Blue Jays within the AL East.

That was an period when the Astros had been nonetheless within the Nationwide League, the Brewers within the American League and the Expos in Montreal. Oh yeah, solely division winners made the playoffs. So Doc Gooden received the NL Cy Younger and Don Mattingly the AL MVP, and neither obtained the nationwide stage of the postseason regardless of taking part in on groups that received 98 and 97 video games, respectively.

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