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Three reasons why Yankees will break the 2001 Mariners’ 116-win record — and three reasons why they won’t

Three reasons why Yankees will break the 2001 Mariners' 116-win record -- and three reasons why they won't

There was a heavyweight fight in the Bronx this past weekend. The New York Yankees and Houston Astros, owners of MLB‘s two best records, met for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. It was eventful. Aaron Judge had walk-off hits Thursday and Sunday, three Astros pitchers threw a combined no-hitter Saturday, and Jose Altuve reached base 10 times in four games.

“These two teams, we’re going to be seeing each other a lot down the road,” Judge told following Sunday win. “We’ve seen each other a lot in years past in the postseason. You look forward to these weekends, playing good teams and seeing where you stack up.”  

The Yankees and Astros split the four games, then New York swept three games from the MLB-worst Oakland Athletics this week. Wednesday’s win (NYY 5, OAK 3) improved New York to 56-20, the best record in baseball by a wide margin. Here are the top of the MLB standings:

  1. New York Yankees: 56-20
  2. Houston Astros: 47-27 (8 GB)
  3. New York Mets: 47-29 (9 GB)
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers: 45-28 (9 1/2 GB)
  5. San Diego Padres: 45-31 (11 GB)

The Astros are closer to having the 13th best record in baseball than the first. The Yankees have built a sizeable lead over the rest of the league, and while there’s still plenty of season to play, they have to feel pretty good about where they sit with the calendar a few days away from flipping to July, Saturday’s no-hitter notwithstanding.

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