This past weekend the Yankees went 0-3, while the Mets went 1-3, just in time for the Subpar Series, um, I mean the Subway series which starts tonight, Two at Citi and two in the Bronx. The Mets desperately need a series win, the Yankees, well, they play for pride in this lost season.
Some facts…Derek Jeter played in 88 Subway Series games and batted .364. Andy Pettitte has both the most wins and most losses in the Subway Series with six of each. Newly acquired Tyler Clippard, who has played for both teams, started two games for the Yankees in 2007, allowing six runs in 9 1/3 innings. The Yankees won both of those games, with Clippard earning the win on May 20, 2007, in his first career MLB appearance. He gave up one run and struck out six in six innings. Mariano Rivera leads all relievers in the Subway Series with 22 saves. Armando Benitez has the second most with six, and if it matters, the Yankees lead the regular-season Subway Series, 60-44. Then there are those memorable moments, like when A-Rod and Met catcher Paul Lo Duca get into it after Rodriquez hits a grand slam in 2006, or Mike Piazza lying dazed on the ground after taking a Roger Clemens fastball to the head. Oh and lets not forget the Luis Castillo error when A-Rod pops up with 2 out in the 9th. One more fact…They used to play just once a year…Then it was called The Mayor’s Trophy Game. Excited yet?
So this is where we are in baseball in New York going into a week of Subway Series games. We have two teams with pretty much the same record after four months of the season. The Mets (54-50) still having hopes of a wild card invite, are 2.5 out. The Yankees (52-52), thinking of the future ( even if they won’t admit it). The Yankees are in sell mode for the first time in a generation, while the Mets are at least considering taking on some assets as they tumble down the standings.
If for the next 4 games you can forget the current troubles for both teams, this could be a fun week. There is always juice when they play. For me, a suffering Yankee fan, it may be the last of the fun for this disappointing 2016. Should the Yanks win the series, this could also be the last fun for Met fans.
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