As the regular season comes to an end, a question arises: Will there be a World Series repeat, from 2000, between the two New York teams? The AL East number two team, New York Yankees (87-75), battled it out in Flushing against the NL East leader, New York Mets (90-72) in a three game series (9/18-9/20) that was taken by the Yanks.
The Bombers are second in the league in runs scored (760) just behind their AL East rival in Toronto (888). The Mets are sitting at 682 runs on the season after a breakout performance just after the all-star break. The Yankees on the other hand have not been as productive. This could be due to the loss of Mark Teixeira, who was in the run for Comeback Player of the Year before he fouled a ball off his shin, breaking it and ending his season.
Although he was a big loss to the Yanks, they do have a lot of depth in their line up including: Carlos Beltran (.276 BA), Alex Rodriguez (33 HR), and Brian McCann (94 RBI). These three veterans have brought a lot of runs in for the Yankees. McCann leads the league in home runs by a catcher. The Mets also have great hitters such as: Curtis Granderson (70 RBI) and Daniel Murphy (.281 BA).
The Mets have also acquired Yoenis Cespedes (35 HR & 105 RBI) from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline for two minor league players. Cespedes will be a free agent at the end of the 2015 season. He will most likely be offered a contract by the Mets, but he will keep his eyes open for better offers.
The Mets and Yankees have made the playoffs at the same time on three separate occasions (1999, 2000, and 2006). They have only met once in the World Series back in 2000. The Yankees took the series 4-1. Both teams are playoff primed and ready here in 2015.
The Mets are in the playoffs and will compete in the NLDS as they won their division 7 games ahead of the Washington Nationals. The Yankees finished second in their division, 6 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees will host the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday, October 6, against the Houston Astros in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees ended the season losing six of their last seven games, so they will need to pick up their game as they enter the playoffs.
A Subway World Series would be a great time for New York and a very emotional series. Fans on both sides have been waiting 15 years for a Yanks-Mets World Series repeat. They both may have different teams than back in 2000, but it would still be a series to remember. The Yankees may lack the talent of Jeter, Williams, and Posada at batting and Rivera as a closer, but they still have the talent to bring in a 28th. Jeter just retired as the Yankees captain after last season. He had an amazing career, ending it with 260 HR, 1311 RBI, and a .310 BA. He ended his 20 year MLB career as probably the most respected and the best shortstop in history.
Just a year before Jeter retired, #42 Mariano Rivera, retried as the best closing pitcher in history. He ended his 19 year career in New York with 652 saves, which is a current MLB record. Now without those two veterans, the Yankees rely on their current veterans as well as a few youngsters in Greg Bird (filled in for Tex) and Didi Gregorius (replaced Jeter). The Yankees also have a strong bullpen with the strong three in Dellin Betances (29 HLD), Andrew Miller (36 SV), and Justin Wilson. They also have strong starters with Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda (156 SO), CC Sabathia (4.73 ERA), and Luis Severino.
Although the Mets may be serious, they probably won’t make it past the NLCS due to lack of playoff experience. The Yankees have the playoff experience and veterans like Alex Rodriguez, who has been nominated for the AL Comeback Player of the Year, who will help propel the Yanks deep into the playoffs.
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