The Yankees won this round. Some lucky breaks, grounders that found holes and inopportune walks combined with a rather disappointing offensive performance all around gave the Yankees the series win. If I had to choose one culprit, it would be the offense. Still stunted from losing David, Davis and Pagan and from the continued struggles of Bay and Thole , they had opportunities that they just couldn’t capitalize on. So I’ll tip my hat to the Yankees here; for now they’re the better team as shown in head to head competition. As a reward I’ll refrain from making Yankees jokes for a week, which is roughly how long it takes A-Rod to get down the line these days. Oops, a week starting now.
The Mets lost their first series in a while, which was bound to happen. It sucks that it was the Yankees, but they’re likely a better team, were at home, and have the DH advantage as all AL teams do in these interleague games. The team is still playing pretty good baseball overall, 3-3 since Wright went on the DL, and is keeping themselves in games and in the playoff race. Ike Davis and Angel Pagan may return somewhat soon, and hopefully David Wright just behind them. Until then it’s up to these guys to keep battling, to keep playing good baseball and winning games where they can.
Upcoming is a couple of weeks of weak other-division opponents during the week, and tough divisional opponents on the weekends. The Mets luck out and should miss Roy Halladay next weekend, which is definitely a boon. The Mets need to avoid spiraling into a funk and continue to win more ballgames than they lose. This keeps them in a position to make a run at things as they get healthier, and also helps Sandy Alderson figure out which of his role players and bench guys he needs to keep on this team, and which can be sent away. Z24DR8WQXYQQ