The Mets and Yankees recently completed the 18th edition of the Subway Series. The teams split 4 games, with the Mets winning two in the Bronx, and the Yankees winning both contests in Queens. In no particular order, here are some thoughts and observations.
- The Subway Series seemed to have lost some steam in recent years, but this year there was a little more energy. Maybe it was a product of the Mets‘ sweep last year. Maybe it was the feeling that the Mets can now be taken seriously. Whatever it was, there was more juice this year.
- The Mets broadcast the first two games on WPIX. This is fine, but when games are on WPIX, there is no pre-game show. Not having a pre-game show (either on WPIX or SNY) before games against the Yankees is a huge miss.
- It was a shame to see some empty seats at Citi Field for a Subway Series game.
- Comments on the ballparks were very prevalent during the series. Personally, I’m over those debates. The ballparks are the same for both teams playing the game. Good teams win games regardless of where they’re played. If the Mets are spooked by Citi, the answer isn’t to change the ballpark. The answer is to change the players.
- Masahiro Tanaka is the real deal. He’s a beast.
- Mets fans have a lot to be excited about, with some of the young pitching currently on display. Both Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom were solid in their debuts. It’s reasonable to assume that they’ll only get better from here.
- It was nice to break the 0-64 streak of Mets pitchers. It figures a former shortstop (deGrom) would break the streak with a solid single.
- Bartolo Colon has no longer had “a bad start or two”. He’s 2-5 with a 5.84 ERA and has allowed 66 hits in 49.1 innings.
- Zack Wheeler has also been concerning. He was unable to prosper with a large lead on Tuesday, and he’s now 1-3 with a 4.53 ERA. He can’t seem to control any of his pitches at this point.
- Kyle Farnsworth was the closer on Monday, and was released on Wednesday. He has some unkind things to say about the Mets on his way out. Best of luck, Kyle. Jose Valverde may soon be calling you for tips on finding a new job.
- The outfield debate rages on. Juan Lagares did not start 3 of the 4 games against the Yankees. The fans are angry. Terry Collins says Lagares is in a slump. We’ll see how this plays out.
- Kevin Burkhardt and Keith Hernandez sported leather jackets at Yankee Stadium with varying degrees of fan approval.
I’m not a big fan of the Subway Series, or inter-league play in general. I’m happy that it will be 12 more months until cross-town, stressful baseball returns. This year, the games were long and somewhat counter-intuitive in their results. Time to resume our usual baseball lives, and enjoy the natural circadian rhythm of the long and wonderful baseball season.