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Yankees Slide, Mets Gain
- Updated: September 18, 2016
This past week has been a roller coaster for both the Yankees and the Mets. Both with similar records have been going in the opposite direction. The Yankees have lost 4 straight and have practically eliminated themselves from the wild card.
Going into the Dodgers series the Yankees appeared ready to slide into 2nd wild card spot. Lost the first game, won the 2nd and gave away the third game when Dellin Betances fell apart giving up two unearned runs in a 0-0 game. One thing that bothers me is how a Major League pitcher would have problems throwing to the bases. In that game Betances shot putted a throw over the Catchers head. I would think Betances would be practicing throwing to bases this off season. I can just see teams bunting on him time after time. He also needs to practice holding runners because they are stealing bases at an alarming rate.
Since the Dodger series the Yankees have lost three more games to the Boston Red Sox. In the first game of the series Betances was brought into the game with one out a runner on base and the Yankees leading 5-2. He again fell apart giving up a three run homer to Hanley Ramirez to end the game that probably ended the Yankees season. The game had a carryover effect in the next two games which the Yankees lost 7-4 and 6-5, wow did we miss Andrew Miller. Well unless they win their next 12-14 games I don’t believe they have any chance at the post season. It appears they might have lost Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury to injuries, so as the saying goes wait until next year.
The Mets appear headed to a playoff spot. I just finished watching a great game in which the Mets beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on two Curtis Granderson home runs in extra innings. One in the 10th to tie and the 2nd in the 11th to win. The only bad news was that Jacob Degrom has some type of nerve problem in his right elbow and is done for the season and who knows maybe for next season also.
Better news is that the Cardinals and Giants are squaring off this weekend and no matter who wins or loses the games still benefit the Mets in their playoff hunt.
Hopefully the Mets do clinch a wild card spot and New Yorkers can at least have one team to cheer for this upcoming postseason.
Featured photo by Gabe Rodriguez
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