First up, it’s Citi Field this weekend.
I know some say the series is played out and not what it once was, but I’ll be the first to tell you I can’t get enough of the Subway Series.
Yankees and Mets. The Bronx and Queens.
The Subway Series provides the joy – at least for a day - of bragging rights for the winning team.
How is that idea ever played out?
It’s not, and it’s why the Subway Series will work from now until the end of time.
As we get for this weekend, you have two baseball teams that appear to be headed in completely different directions.
For the Yankees, it’s business as usual two-plus months into the year.
Twenty games over the .500 mark with a team that is full of all sorts of power and an everyday lineup loaded with young talent.
For a team that had lofty expectations headed into the season, they have passed every test so far in 2018.
For the Mets, it’s a team that flushed the feel good 11-1 start right down the drain.
The Mets enter Tuesday three games under .500, which is hard to imagine considering they started the season 11-1!
The Mets have looked lifeless, they have lacked fundamentals, and have the tell-tale signs of a bad baseball team.
When the Mets find a way to score runs like they did in Milwaukee and Atlanta, they cannot get anybody out.
On the flip side, when the Mets pitch well like they did against the Chicago Cubs, they look as lifeless as can be offensively.
This series is far more important for the Mets than it is for the Yankees.
The Yankees season narrative is set.
They will win a ton of games, but will they have enough pitching to outlast the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.
The Yankees, whether it’s via the division or the wild card, are going to be playing October baseball.
On the flip side, the Mets need to change their season narrative immediately.
It’s a season that has taken a turn for the worst, and an already much-maligned fan base has very little reason to be optimistic.
The Mets need to get healthy, they need to play better baseball, and they’ll have a chance to test themselves against arguably the best team in baseball.
Winning two out of three games won’t fix everything with this baseball team, but it’s the sort of series win they desperately need.
Bragging rights, changing a season, and pressure-packed baseball games in mid-June.
Who said the Subway Series is dead?
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