Heading into the 2022 MLB season, expectations for the New York Mets and New York Yankees weren’t set as high as they were in previous years, and for a good reason at the time. They both were coming off disappointing seasons. The Mets suffered a brutal second-half collapse, finishing 77-85, while the Yankees lost to their arch-rival Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card game. While new Mets general manager Billy Eppler made moves to upgrade the team, it seems they have underperformed their talent level repeatedly. Likewise, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a relatively quiet offseason.
Despite what the critics said, these two teams have proved the doubters wrong so far. The Yankees, a team predicted to be in fourth place by many, were 66-31 heading into the Subway Series–a remarkable amount of wins through 97 games. Meanwhile, though the Mets were an afterthought to the Braves coming into the year in regards to the NL East, it has been a different story. A solid all-around team has led them to first place late in July. These two teams would square off for two games, beginning Tuesday at Citi Field.
Game 1: Mets win 6-3
What does an MVP do? Make sure their team gets off to a good start every game. Yankees slugger and MVP candidate Aaron Judge started the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the first inning. That made it 1-0 Bronx Bombers. The very next batter, Anthony Rizzo, hit another homer to make the score 2-0 Yankees. Mets starter Taijuan Walker settled in after that.
However, the script flipped in the bottom half of the inning. Starling Marte got the Mets started with a solo homer. That would cut the Yankees’ lead in half, making it 2-1. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery continued to struggle. He then gave up a double to MLB RBI Leader Pete Alonso, which tied the game at two. Later in the inning, Eduardo Escobar made magic happen; he launched a two-run homer, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, Starling Marte scored another Mets run on an error by Yankees’ third baseman Josh Donaldson, making it 5-2. Donaldson has been a massive disappointment for the Bombers this year.
Although the Yankees got multiple guys on base in the top of the fourth inning, they only mustered one run. They made it a 5-3 game after a DJ LeMahieu groundout.
After a Jeff McNeil hit in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Mets a 6-3 lead, Edwin Diaz shut the door for them as they took game one of the series. This was Diaz’s 22nd save of the year as he continues to impress.
Game 2: Mets win 3-2
Many Yankee fans don’t like Domingo German, and for a good reason. However, he was solid on Wednesday night as he went four and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs. Despite this, he was still outdueled by Mets co-ace Max Scherzer. Scherzer turned in seven scoreless innings, allowing only five hits.
Mets slugger Pete Alonso got the scoring started with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning, and Francisco Lindor added another run with a single in the second inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Starling Marte sent the Yankees home as he hit a walk-off single to give the Mets a 3-2 win, sweeping the two-game series. After the series, the Mets are 61-37, while the Yankees stand at 67-33. The teams face off again at Yankee Stadium in August.