The New York Mets have always been treated like the Yankees’ red-headed step-brothers, and the Yanks have dished out a few noogies, and more than a few beatings on the MLB picks. From the 2000 World Series to just last weekend, the Mets have usually come out on the short end of the stick in their intra-city battle with the Bombers.
The Mets lost the first interleague series with the Yankees back in 1997 two games to one, and as the teams have met every year since the Mets have won the season series only twice, in 2004 and ’08. They have managed to split the series six times, but what good is splitting a series?
Last year the Mets dropped four of six games to the Yankees, and in the first meeting between the two teams this season, last weekend at Yankee Stadium, the Mets got swept three games by scores of 9-1, 4-2 and 5-4.
So if the Mets are going to salvage a split of this year’s series, they’ll have to sweep three games from the Yanks when the teams meet for the second and last time this season next weekend at Citi Field.
But the way the Mets pitching staff continues to perform, maybe they’ve got a chance, especially at the more pitcher-friendly park over in Queens. Johan Santana, even though he got slightly bombed by the Pinstripes last Friday, owns a 2.96 ERA for this season; RA Dickey just tossed a one-hitter against the Rays, and is threatening to become the first knuckleballer to ever win a Cy Young Award; Jon Niese threw a dandy at the Yankees last Sunday, although the bullpen blew that game; Dillon Gee has strung together four quality starts in a row; And Chris Young just joined the rotation and picked up a win in his second start.
As for the Mets’ long-term futures for this season 5Dimes.com is offering them at +2800 to win the National League pennant and +6600 to win the World Series.
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