In 1998 the New York Yankees were 27-9 after 36 games. That team went on to post one of the single greatest baseball seasons of all time, winning 114 regular season games and cleaning the floor with the San Diego Padres in the World Series. Time will tell how good the 2022 version of the Yankees will be, but one thing is certain they have the exact same record in mid-May as that team did: 27-9.
The Yankees earned that 27th win with a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.
Aaron Judge had a monster night going 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs in the victory. After a sluggish start to the season, Judge is hitting at .315 with 14 homers and 30 RBI. For a guy who gambled on himself by not taking the Yankees $213.5 million offer before Opening Day, Judge is looking like a genius right now.
He could be pushing $300 million on the market if he continues at this rate, which right now looks like a 50 homer season.
On Tuesday Judge got the Yankees on the board first with RBI double to left that made it 1-0 Bombers in the first inning. He followed that up with a solo shot in the top of the third inning to put the Yankees up 2-1. He finally tied the game at three on another solo home run to dead center in the fifth inning.
The Yankees grabbed the lead for good on a ground out by D.J. LeMahieu, scoring Gleyber Torres in the sixth inning. Josh Donaldson would score the Yankees final run of the day on an error.
Jameson Tallion was solid, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings to get the win; he is 4-1. Michael King was impressive out of the pen, tossing three shutout innings in relief before giving way to Aroldis Chapman.