The Diamondbacks and Yankees had previously faced each other for five regular-season series. The Yankees won all five.
But now, the Diamondbacks have their first regular-season series win, and their first series win over the Bronx Bombers since the legendary 2001 World Series.
Prior to this series, New York took two of three in their World Series rematch at Old Yankee Stadium in 2002 and again at home in 2004. The Diamondbacks were swept by the Yankees in their last trip to the old Stadium in 2007, and lost two of three at home in 2010 and again at New Yankee Stadium in 2013. That’s a 4-11 regular-season record for those keeping score– and an 8-14 record including the playoffs.
The Diamondbacks needed this series badly. If the Diamondbacks want to make the playoffs, they’re going to have to capitalize against bad teams. The Yankees, for the first time maybe in your lifetime, are a bad team. So this was an encouraging series by the Diamondbacks.
They will now hope that this series win can launch some momentum, which was lost when they were swept by the Giants at home. The team is now 5.5 games out of first place, a large gap, but not a gap that is insurmountable. Despite all of their struggles, it is actually pretty surprising that the team is only five games under .500. One hot streak can entirely reverse their fortunes, both in their record and in the standings.
So the last time the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees, they won the World Series. Could that happen again this season?