They Yankees punched back in round 2 of the Subway Series against the Mets. Here’s what we learned.
For the Yankees, the Mets losses in July were a signal of what was to come throughout August. New York went on a deep slump after the trade deadline, failing to win a single series before the Subway Series.
The two wins against the Mets combine with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays for three in a row for the Yankees, their first run of three games or more since July 30th.
The Mets come off of an extremely tense part of their schedule. In August, they played two series against both the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. From here, their schedule should be smooth sailing, as they have one of the softer remaining schedules in the league.
So, with the Subway Series complete, what did both teams learn from this iteration?
Both the Mets and Yankees learned this is the World Series we need
In 2000, the Subway Series of all Subway Series took place. The Yankees and Mets faced off in the World Series that year, with the Yankees taking the series in five games.
It was an electric time in New York City, and the memories of the series are like coals that get stoked in the fire every time these two teams face off. There’s an energy among the fans when these two teams face off fueled by a mutual respect that only New Yorkers have toward one another, yet a hatred where you ache to see your team pummel the other.
Speaking to the New York Times, Judge spoke on the respect he has for the Mets:
"“Especially against a great ballclub like that, battling down to the last inning, out, strike — that’s fun baseball,” Judge said. “That’s why we play this game, for moments like that.”"
The magic of such a World Series matchup is the fans of each club can’t help but be aware of what’s going on with the team in the other borough. It feels like destiny for both clubs to once again be competing at such a high level, and the players had to love the feeling of the electricity in the crowd that doesn’t match any other interleague game. If they could choose their World Series opponent, I’m sure plenty would love to face the team from the other borough.
Of course, eliminating travel doesn’t hurt either!