In 19 years since the Subway Series started, there has never a regular season matchup that had as many playoff implications as this one. There’s so much on the line in this series as both teams are fighting to win their divisions with only a few weeks to play.
The Mets are already in a great position with a commanding eight game lead over the Nationals. However, Yankees’ situation is far more urgent. They trail the powerful Toronto Blue Jays by 3.5 games and hold a four game lead over the Wild Card.
“For us, they are huge games,’’ Yankees right fielder and former Met Carlos Beltran said. “Go there and hopefully win the series.’
“It’s going to feel like playoff baseball, and that’s probably a good thing,’’ said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose club copped two of three from the Rays prior to Thursday’s off day. (George A King III, NY Post)
While the Mets have their division all but locked up, this series presents a great opportunity for them to deal a devastating blow to their crosstown rivals and to show the rest of the MLB that they are a formidable club to be reckoned with.
“I have been part of a lot of Subway Series, and this one has more meaning than most,’’ said Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, who held the same gig with the Yankees from 2007-14.
“It’s fun, exciting, that’s why you play baseball. We will see if Mets fans come out a little more than they have in the past. When we played Washington, this place was rocking. I expect it to be the same as it was then.’’
These two teams have had so many great moments over the years, but this one will likely go down as one of the most memorable. The only series that I can think of that had greater importance was the 2000 World Series where the Mets lost four games to one.