Who would have thought that when the New York Yankees won their 27th World Series championship in 2009, it would be their last for over a decade?
The Bronx Bombers, the world's most famous baseball team, and MLB's most successful of all time, have tried hard to get there, but time and time again have been thwarted by sides enjoying winning eras of their own.
When the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies on the 4th November 2009 to claim another historic World Series championship, it was hard to believe that they wouldn't win another for so long. With the talented players that they had on their roster, surely more glory would soon come to Yankee Stadium?
Since that 2009 triumph, the Yankees have reached the Fall Classic exactly zero times. They have been in the postseason on nine occasions, (mostly via the American League Wild Card spot), but have failed every time to reach the World Series.
They have recently seen the Tampa Bay Rays dominate the AL East division over the past two seasons, and also seen their rivals, the Boston Red Sox, win a World Series in 2018.
Only two other Yankees teams in history have reached 50 wins quicker than the 2022 squad. In 1939, they reached 50 wins by 64 games, and in 1928, 66 games.
And the best news for New York is that they won the World Series in both of those years.
The Yankees are +400 to win the World Series this year.
Right now, the Yankees lead the league in three categories - in record, in run differential and home runs. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves can come close in one or the other category. The 1961 season was the last time a Yankee team accomplished a feat like this in a season.
Of the seven times the Yankees have led in all three categories, six of them (1927, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1961) ended in a World Series win.
Four Yankee players are on course to hit 30 or more home runs this season - Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres - and, if they all achieve it, it would mark the first time in MLB history it's happened.
Judge leads the League overall with 27 home runs this season, and only Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth have hit more home runs at this stage of the season than Judge.
Only the Dodgers have a better team pitching record than the Yankees right now (2.90 ERA), while New York's is close at (2,94).
Gerrit Cole has been the leader of the pack, but has been outflanked recently by Nestor Cortes and Jordan Montgomery and that is tribute to keeping their players healthy and on the field, something which has been a major problem for the Yankees over the past 10 seasons.
The Yankees lost their first home game in 15 matches on Friday evening to the Houston Astros (a nemesis over the past few years). This was their longest home winning streak since 1961 and, while they were disappointed to give up the winning streak, they lost to a great pitcher in Houston’s Justin Verlander, a genuine contender for another Cy Young award this year.
Also, the Yankees made a play in the offseason with the veteran being offered a one-year $25million contract. Verlander, however, chose to stay at Minute Maid Park.
Luis Severino took the loss for the Yankees but it was a great matchup at a full Yankee Stadium that purred with atmosphere as the fans sensed something good.
Speaking to the official Yankees website post game, Judge said: "These games are fun. That's what you look for, packed house, coming down the wire like that, great pitchers on both sides, I'm looking forward to tomorrow's game, that's for sure."
Judge had been in a contract dispute which threatened to unravel all the good work that had taken place for him this season, but the two sides were eventually able to meet to a 2022 deal that worked for both.
Judge and his advisors accepted a $19million deal, with an incentive of $250,000 if Judge wins the AL MVP and $250,000 if he is also named World Series MVP.
There was no talk of a contract extension other than this year, the rest can be parked until the offseason.
With confidence like that, how can you not back the Yankees for their 28th World Series title?