Second Half Push writer’s Ivan Berliant and Blake Chadwick talk about the A.L. division races and the Wild Card race of 2010. See who we like coming out of the A.L. East, West and Central. This is a two-part video so please watch them both!
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By Ivan Berliant
Well thus far the New York Mets are running through interleague play. They’ve posted an 8-1 record against A.L. teams this year including a 5-1 record against the “dominating” A.L. East with an unblemished 6-0 record in A.L. parks, maybe there is something to this DH debate afterall. As the surging Mets(12-2 over their last 14 games) head to Yankee Stadium to take on their cross time rivals, we at Second Half Push want to know how you think this series is going to play out. Our obvious biases are saying the Mets will take at least two of three, but here’s the logic:
- The Mets have the benefit of using a DH, most likely Chris Carter, and don’t have to account for late inning strategies and pitch counts. Carter has been the designated hitter in the first four of five games on the interleague road trip ,while jacking two 3-run home runs on consecutive days in the process. The kid can hit, and it’s nice to get another power bat in the line-up.
- The Yankees just lost two of three at home to another N.L. East team, the Philadelphia Phillies. Yes, we know it is the Phillies, but these aren’t the same Phillies that have dominated the N.L. East for the past few years. Their hitting has been dismal and injuries to their offensive catalyst, Jimmy Rollins, has derailed the production thus far. Not to mention Chase Utley is slumping worse than ever ( yes I said it!). Their only win came from the pitching duel between Roy Halladay and C.C. Sabathia, where if it weren’t for an uncharacteristic performance from one of the league’s perfect game owners, there might have been a New York sweep.
Face it Yankee fans, we’re hot. We’re finding ways to win and all of our players are contributing. There’s not doubting this series will have the excitement and ambience of the post-season, and I think we are all a little anxious for it to begin.
So who’s taking it? The Mets or the Yankees? VOTE on our interleague poll!
By Ivan Berliant and Blake Chadwick
Starting Friday night, our beloved New York Mets are set to head to the Bronx to take on cross town rivals, the Yankees, for the second Subway Series of the year. The Mets took two of three at home in the last meeting which sparked a nice little run only conceding a 2-1 Friday night victory due to a KEVIN RUSSO 2 rbi hit. I have a conspiracy about interleague play, it was created for the sole purpose to stir controversy amongst NL and AL purists. The DH reigns supreme in Interleague play. The only person who might hate AL vs. NL more than anyone is Chien Ming Wang. As we approach the halfway point of the season, this is a huge test for the Amazins’ as they sit only a 1/2 game back in the race for the NL East.
Get Ready Mets’ fans
For those of you who follow this rivalry, or know anything about baseball for that matter, know that there is no love lost between these two teams. Yes, usually our time is spent trash-talking the Philadelphia Phillies and to a lesser extent the Atlanta Braves, but we always enjoy some good ol’ fashion Yankee bashing when we have the chance. This Subway series should be a another rabble-rouser between arguably some of the most obnoxious fans in the game, and personally, we love it. We don’t know what gives us the inherit right to be obnoxious loud-mouths, but as Mets fans we fully embrace our duties and intend to carry out tradition.
To see what’s in store for the next series check out this article published today in the New York Post, a Yankee fan brought a vuvuzela to last night’s game against Philly. The picture says everything.
Subway Series History
When interleague play began in 1997, the New York Yankees and New York Mets met for the first time in franchise history. Here’s a brief history of the Subway Series from when interleague play was estabished.
- 1997 (June 16-18th): Yankees win two of three at Yankee Stadium.
- 1998 (June 27-28th): Yankees win two of three at Shea Stadium.
- 1999 (June 4-6th, July 9-11th): Mets and Yankees both win two of three at home.
- 2000 (June 9-10th, July 7-9th): Yankees win four of six
- 2001 (June 15-17th, July 6-8th): Yankees win two out of three in both series
- 2002 (June 14-16th, June 28-30th): Mets and Yankees both win two of three at home
- 2003 (June 20-22nd, 27th-29th): Yankees win all six games
- 2004 (June 26-27th, July 2-4th): Mets win four of six, sweeping the series at Shea Stadium
- 2005 (May 20-22nd, June 24-26th): Mets and Yankees both win two of three on the road
- 2006 (May 19-21st, June 30-July 2): Mets and Yankees both win two out of three at home
- 2007 (May 18-20th, June 15-17th): Mets and Yankees both win two out of three at home
- 2008 (May 17-18th, June 27-29th): Mets win four of six, sweeping series at Yankee Stadium
- 2009 (June 12-14th, June 26-28th): Yankees win five of six, sweeping series at Citi Field
- 2010 (May 21-23rd): Mets win two out of three at Citi Field
The Yankees lead the series 43 games to 32. In 2000 the clubs met up an additional time as they played the first ever Mets vs. Yankees World Series. The Yankees won four games to one and celebrated their 26th championship in front of Mets fans at Shea Stadium. Not something we at Second Half Push like to remember, but hey it was the only time we actually watched a team we like play for a championship.
Mets’ fans vs. Yankees’ fans: “Fan Flair Challenge”