A Look At The Obscure New York Yankees Success vs Title Defenders
May 6, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Ronald Torreyes (74) and right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate the final out of the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. New York won 11-6. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes time to face the defending World Series Champions, no one does it better than the New York Yankees.

If you follow my work, you know I’m a sucker for interesting statistics. Some are eye-opening facts about the New York Yankees and some are purely entertaining.

This little breakdown is the latter, but it’s nonetheless still pretty interesting how the Yankees, since 2013, have no problem taking on the defending World Series champions. 

With Saturday’s 11-6 win over the Chicago Cubs, New York extended its record to 21-10 (.677) against the reigning World Series champions in the season after their fall classic wins.

Manager Joe Girardi has led his squad to a 2-0 record versus the current defending champs, posted a 5-2 record against the Kansas City Royals in 2016, a 12-7 record vs the Boston Red Sox in 2014 and took a three-game set with the San Francisco Giants in 2013. For those wondering about the Giants in 2015, they were not on the Yankees schedule.

“That’s the World Series champions last year. It’s pretty good,” second baseman and former Cub Starlin Castro said. “That tests us, how good we can be and how good we are.”

This kind of play really doesn’t pertain to success, but it sure is a confidence booster for a young squad who seems to have found their identity as tight-knit, never die kind of team. They have come-from-behind to win in nine of their 28 contests and just took at least 2-out-of-3 from the juggernaut Cubs.

There is no feeling like believing that you and your teammates can beat anyone and be resilient no matter the circumstance.