This year’s version of the Subway Series occurred at an interesting time. Game one occurred just hours after the Trading deadline had come and gone. Coming into the series, the Mets and Yankees had almost similar won/loss records, with the Mets coming in at 54-50, while the Yankees came in at 52-52.
However, both teams approached the deadline in different ways. The Mets, still with at least a Wild-Card spot within reach, attempted to not only give a boost to their struggling offense, but also respond to the rash of injuries that have been occurring lately. Compared to last season, when they went out and acquired four key components that helped propel them to the World Series, this year they only were able to acquire Jay Bruce from the Reds, and get Jon Niese back from the Pirates. The Yankees, on the other hand, appear to be in full sell-off mode, and are stockpiling young talent for the future.
The past few years, the schedule for the Subway Series has evolved from a trip to each other’s park at different times in the season on a weekend, to a 4-game home-and-home affair midweek this season. For the second year in a row, neither team can claim true bragging rights based on the series, as the teams again split the season series.
Here are the 3 stars from the last 4 games:
Curtis Granderson: 3 for 10, Double, Home Run, 3 Runs, RBI
With Juan Lagares going on the Disabled List, and the acquisition of Bruce, Granderson will be seeing more time in Centerfield, along with Michael Conforto. Granderson hit his 18th leadoff Home Run as a Met on Wednesday, moving past Jose Reyes for the all-time Mets lead in that category.
Neil Walker: 6 for 20, Double, Home Run, 2 Runs, RBI
So, what exactly, is Walker’s future on this team? He was signed in the off season to ‘keep the seat warm’ until Dilson Herrera was ready to come up (as early as next year). With Herrera being traded as a key piece in getting Bruce, it looks like Walker will be hanging around for a while, unless the Mets make a huge splash again in free-agency soon. After the getting Niese back from Pittsburgh for former Pirate Antonio Bastardo, it appears the Mets got Walker from the Pirates for absolutely nothing.
Bartolo Colon: 6.2 Innings pitched, 1 Earned Run allowed, 6 Hits, Strikeout
The ageless wonder continues to show his not done yet. Colon became the first pitcher to win a Subway Series game for both the Mets and Yankees with his 90 pitch effort on Thursday. He also had 2 innings where he retired the side on less than 10 pitches. With the rest of the rotation performing less than expected, Colon’s effort gives the team a reason to have faith in him during the last 2 months of the season.
The push to keep pace in the playoff race continues Friday in Detroit with a Noah Syndergaard/Justin Verlander matchup starting the series.