Mets appear to have handed New York back to the rival Yankees
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets are back to being the little brother to the New York Yankees.
New York City is one of those rare places with enough bodies to fill two baseball fan bases. With the New York Mets and New York Yankees in town, sports fans are bound to have at least one playing well.
For the most part, the Yankees have owned New York. Rightfully so, they have been around far longer. Fan bases take years to build up. The Yankees have had generations to add to theirs.
In 2015, the Mets managed to do something pretty special. Out of almost nowhere, they climbed to the World Series. Though they fell short, it looked like they were catching up with the Yankees.
The Yankees didn’t even make the playoffs in 2016, further adding to the Mets’ rise in popularity around the city. They were a team with a young starting rotation casual fans adored. The little brother became a team with multiple stars.
Since 2017, things have been different. The Yankees added a young core almost overnight. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino and others look like true stars. The addition of Giancarlo Stanton also helped raise their stock. Where the Yankees have gone right, the Mets seem to have gone wrong.
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The Mets aren’t a total embarrassment. Jacob deGrom is still the best pitcher on a New York baseball team. Noah Syndergaard isn’t too far behind.
The problem with the Mets is that they have become stale. They have the same problems they did in 2016. After a horrible 2017 campaign, one would hope those issues would be in the past.
A lack of young talent is what hurts the Metropolitans most. Teams need those fresh faces every once in a while. The Mets haven’t had anyone splash into the big leagues and make a positive impact for quite some time. It also doesn’t look like they have anyone on the way either.
Capturing the fans’ attention is as much about winning as it is offering the possibility to win. Lately, the Mets haven’t done either.
When the Yankees began 2018 at 9-9, many could see how they would climb out of the hole. They did.
On the contrary, when the Mets began the year at 11-1, we all envisioned how the hot start would cool off. Pessimists have rejoiced since as the team has fallen on hard times ever since.
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The Mets had New York in their palm for only a brief time. The Big Apple belongs to the Yankees again.