The back and forth between the Yankees and Red Sox sure looks like it has a season-long shelf life. As we move closer to Major League Baseball's all-star break, no more than two and a half games have separated the two rivals in the AL East in more than a month.

As the Yankees try to navigate their way through some injuries i.e. Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres, this becomes something of a mental game for them. They're still on pace to hit more home runs than any other team in history. The number to beat is 264 set by the 1997 Mariners highlighted by Ken Griffey, Jr's 56 that season.

Bleacher Report's Scott Miller recently wrote about the Yankees' pursuit of that team record and how the shift in the sport towards all-or-nothing outcomes is causing fans to adjust how they consume some of the traditional statistics. The author of Ninety Percent Mental, along with former MLB pitcher Bob Tewksbury, shared some great insight with the guys on Big Board Sports:

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