Things were looking bright for the Yankees after they took game one of the first subway series of the year on Friday night.
However, the seemingly reeling Mets broke out their bats and responded with an outpouring of offense in the remaining two games of the series. The Mets won the second game, 5-3, and the third game, 6-4. Thanks to this series victory, the Mets have now played three consecutive series without losing one. One tough test follows another though, as the Mets will have to square off against first place Philly in a three-game series starting tonight.
If the Mets hope to continue their push back into relevance, they will need to pounce on the Phillies this week. The series victory over the Yankees should help give them some hope, knowing that they could probably have a legitimate chance at beating the Phillies if they could knock off the Yankees.
The starting pitching has had some big question marks, but those question marks seemed to be a blessing in disguise as the replacements have performed well. R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball kept the Nationals off balance throughout his outing in Washington last week and Hisanori submitted an impressive outing against the Yankees in opener of the Subway Series.
Offensively, Jason Bay is finding himself in New York. He went 4-for-4 two nights ago and hit multiple home runs in last night’s game. David Wright had some hits in this series, even as he continued to rack up his strikeout numbers. It still amazes me that he has over 30 RBI and eight home runs but ranks near the worst in the major leagues when it comes to striking out this season.
If the Mets can put together their recent starting pitching success with their hot bats, they could do some damage against the Phillies and tighten up an already close NL East race.