In the whole recorded history of organized baseball, has any one team ever managed to do worse against another team, head-to-head, than the Minnesota Twins against the New York Damn Yankees?
Here’s part of the answer; the Twins record since 1961 against all the other teams. The good news: We own the Padres. The bad news: Damn Yankees. I don’t think this counts today’s game, so it’s one game worse than what we see here. (Thanks a million, BaseballReference.com, for having these stats ready at the push of a few buttons.) Looking at this again, it probably doesn’t include any of 2018. Still.
It would take awhile to run through all the teams to see what might be the worst of the worse. I see that the Mets have a .443 percentage against the Dodgers. Better than the Twins. Houston has a .397 record against the Rangers, but in a lot fewer games, so it doesn’t count. Maybe some day. Hey, Cleveland is also at .416 against the Yankees since ’61. What a coincidence! I have a suspicion that they have done quite a bit better in the last 20 years, though.
Since 1998: Indians vs Yankees: .386
Since 1998: Twins vs Yankees: .329
Either way, nothing to write home about.
Nauseating, in fact.
This is rather disheartening research.
I thought it might cheer me up to see who has beat up on the Yankees, head-to-head, since 1961. The answer?
The Yankees have an above .500 record against every team in the American League, (since 1961). The team that gives them the most problems is Boston; they’re .513 against Boston.
They’re .481 against the Phillies, (13-14) and .462 against the Dodgers (6-7).
American League teams that have done worse than the Twins against the Yankees since 1961:
Kansas City: .402