One month ago the Mets and Yankees played round one of the Subway series in Citi Field in Queens New York. The Mets sweep the bombers in two games. The series ended dramatically with Starling Marte hitting a walk-off single. That put Citi field into a frenzy. Fast forward a month later as round two features both heavyweight bouts took place in the Bronx.
Both teams went in completely different directions. The Mets continued to stay hot. The Yankees went ice cold. The Mets went 18-8. The Yankees went 8-15. Truly unbelievable that both teams came in completely different directions after a small two-game series. Before going into the series the Mets came off an amazing comeback against the Phillies. The Yankees got a big win over the Bluejays avoiding a four-game sweep.
Even though the Yankees have a bigger lead in the AL East the Yankees needed to win the subway series more than the Mets. The Yankees need to prove to their fans that they can get out of that huge slump. The Mets had the momentum going into the series and were confident they would pull off another sweep. The pitching matchup also favored the Mets with Max Scherzer starting game one and Taijuan Walker starting game two. Ace Jacob DeGrom was scheduled to pitch in game two but scratched and saved for the Colorado series which starts on Thursday.
There was a packed and electric crowd in the Bronx for game one. There were dueling chants from both fan bases. The Yankees struck first with a sacrifice fly from DJ LeMahieu. It was good for the Yankees to respond immediately. Then in the third inning, Aaron Judge got revenge off Scherzer hitting a solo home run. Before that at-bat, Scherzer has struck out Judge four times in a row. Later in the 5th inning, Andrew Benintendi added another run with a rbi double. Yankees took a 3-0 lead into the top of the seventh and Daniel Vogelbach responded with a two-run home run. In the bottom, half of the inning Benintendi did it again with a rbi single which knocked Scherzer out of the game. That’s all the Yankees needed to do to beat the Mets 4-2.
The stage was set for another thriller in the Bronx. After three scoreless innings from both teams, Aaron Judge slammed the Gavel again against Walker to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. This was Judge’s third home run against Walker in Subway series games. Then with two outs and the bases loaded rookie Oswaldo Cabrera walked to add the second run of the inning. In the top half of the 5th with two outs Marte single to right field scoring Mark Canha but Brett Baty was thrown out at home from Cabrera. That was a tremendous throw from the rookie.
The Mets were eventually able to tie the game in the top of the 6th inning. Jeff McNeil doubles in the gap in right field, Pete Alonso‘s first tripped on his way home but then scored on a brain blunder from Gleyber Torres. Torres was too focused on McNeil straying off second. Yankees got lucky in the seventh as Alonso allowed a costly ball drop in shallow right field to set the Yankees up with a runner on the corners. Benintendi came through in the clutch again singling to left field. Judge tacked on another run with a rbi single to center field.
This game was still far from over as the Mets loaded the bases for Francisco Lindor Wandy Peralta came through and got Lindor to fly out to center-field and end the game and series. In total, the Yankees have won 10 subway series and the Mets have won 4. There are also a total of 12 splits. The Yankees are now 82-61 against the Mets including the 2000 World Series. This was an amazing series and who knows there could be another one in late October.