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10Yankees Were a First-Place Team Through 43 Games in 2014

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It is easy to forget that the Yankees were leading the AL East through the first 45 games of the season before injuries began to decimate the roster. It is actually quite impressive that a team that lost most of its pitching rotation for the bulk of the season went

on to win 84 games. That is probably not the output that most Yankees fans expected, but it is also only four/five wins short of the number that both the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals accumulated on the way to their respective trips to the World Series. In today’s MLB, a win total in the high-80s can mean a deep postseason run, and the Yankees proved a year ago that they have a core group of players who are capable of producing more than 85 wins.

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