Street. Lewis – Two of baseball’s most famous franchises are set to battle this weekend at Busch Stadium. Louis Cardinals will host the New York Yankees for a three-game series starting Friday.
The Cardinals and the Yankees have established themselves as the top leading teams in National League and Major League history with 38 combined world championships.
To what extent were both franchises dominant? Some cool facts help paint the picture.
- The Cardinals and Yankees have won 38 world championships. With 117 games of the biggest stage in baseball, the two franchises account for nearly a third of all world championships.
- At least one of the Cardinals or Yankees has participated in 54 out of 117 World Championship matches, competing in approximately 46% of all World Championships.
- The Cardinals and Yankees met together at 37 Most Valuable Player Awards. They have the highest number of top players in their leagues and amass nearly 20% of all these trophies in MLB history.
- The Cardinals and Yankees came together in 94 Golden Glove Awards. They have the most winners among their leagues and collect approximately 11% of all Gold Glove awards in MLB history.
- The Cardinal and the Yankees combined for eight Cy Young Awards. While they don’t lead their own leagues, they have amassed nearly 6% of all Cy Young winners in MLB history.
- 169 players participated on the field as a hitter or pitcher for both the Cardinals and Yankees.
- The 33 MLB Hall of Famers chose the Cardinals or the Yankees as their primary teams.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE THE Cardinals-Yankees Series
In Friday’s game, the Cardinals and Yankees both have players who are making strong MVP issues this year. Aaron Judge of New York leads all baseball players with 43 home runs, 89 points and 93 RBIs. St. Louis Paul Goldschmidt leads the National League in batting average (.332), core percentage (.413) and slowdown percentage (.614).
The next series will see some friendly encounters. Matt Carpenter, who spent his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals, will make his first trip as a competitor. He is enjoying his comeback in the batting area, scoring 322 with 15 home runs and 36 RBI in just 43 games this season.
Jordan Montgomery, who was just acquired by the Cardinal on Tuesday from the Yankees on a final trade deal at the last minute, will start Saturday’s game against the Yankees. He fetched a 22-20 record and 3.94 ERA over six seasons in his Cardinals debut.
Outfield player Harrison Bader, who was just dealt with the Yankees in a Montgomery deal, will be out due to injury this weekend and will not play in the series. There is a possibility that he will return to the playing field in the visitor’s lair. Badr has been a consistent defense of the Cardinal for the past six years along with a batting average of 246, 52 home runs and 168 RBI over the course of six seasons.
The New York Yankees lead the all-time regular season series against the Cardinals with a 9-3 number, but the teams have only met outside of the Fall Classic four times prior to this series. Their only other time at Busch Stadium III came in 2014, the farewell season long played by Derek Jeter.
The Cardinal had better luck against the Yankees at the World Championships, winning three out of five encounters, including their last head-to-head two-match at the 1964 Fall Classic.