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May 07, 2006

A Brief, Bitter, Regular Season History of Texas Versus New York

Texas has fared poorly in the postseason. Very, very, very poorly. However, I have no desire to unearth those fetid memories right now. Instead, why not dredge up some new ones by examining the regular-season history of the Rangers and Yankees?

1972-1986

During June 6-8, 1972, Texas played New York for the first time since leaving Washington and won two of three. That represents the high-water mark of the rivalry from Texas’s perspective. Texas played .370 ball against New York and was outscored by 152 runs in 173 games. Remarkably, the Rangers never won a season series over the Yankees during their first fifteen seasons in Arlington.

Wait, there’s more. Texas won fewer than one-third of its games against the New York during the 1970s (30-62). From August 19, 1972 through July 17, 1976, the Rangers lost 19 of 25 at home. They never won four consecutive games against the Yankees but had thirteen losing streaks of at least four games. Good times.

Era
Games
Season Series
H/R
Wins
Losses
Pct
Won
Lost
Tied
'72-'86
All
64
109
.370
0
14
1
Home
37
48
.435
Road
27
61
.307

1987-1993

Texas’s one span of success coincided with the decline and fall of the Yankee dynasty. From 1989-1992, the Yankees had four consecutive losing seasons for the first (and only other) time since 1912-1915. New York gave the nation Stump Merrill, Alvaro Espinoza, Hensley Meulens, Pat Kelly, and Andy Hawkins, and the nation smirked.

In sharp contrast to the prior era, Texas never lost a season series to the Yankees during this period. The Rangers won 32 of 42 at home including an amazing fifteen consecutively from July 1989 to September 1991.

Era
Games
Season Series
H/R
Wins
Losses
Pct
Won
Lost
Tied
'87-'93
All
51
32
.614
6
0
1
Home
32
10
.762
Road
19
22
.463

1994-Present

Despite producing the best teams in franchise history during the latter half of the 90s, Texas has largely abandoned any pretense of a rivalry since 1993. Texas won 14 and lost 21 to New York during its three division-winning seasons. Resuming its “location is nothing? premise, Texas has lost 21 of its last 31 at home during the 2000s. The Rangers currently sport an eight-game losing streak against New York, the longest in their history. In a week, they get a chance to halt that streak in the Bronx.

Era
Games
Season Series
H/R
Wins
Losses
Pct
Won
Lost
Tied
'94-'06
All
45
75
.375
2
9
1
Home
26
35
.426
Road
19
40
.322

Overall

Era
Games
Season Series
H/R
Wins
Losses
Pct
Won
Lost
Tied
All Time
All
160
216
.426
8
23
3
Home
95
93
.505
Road
65
123
.346

Posted by Lucas at May 7, 2006 11:59 PM