New York City Belongs to the New York Yankees and Do Not Forget It
Coming into this past weekend, the hype in New York was in full force. The Yankees and Mets were playing against each other with both teams in playoff position for the first time since 2007.
Since acquiring star slugger Yoenis Cespedes at the July 31 trade deadline, the Mets have been firing on all cylinders.
This weekend however had a different headline. The New York Mets may be the more exciting team of late, but the Big Apple still belongs to the boys from the Bronx.
The Mets, who currently sit six games ahead of the second place Washington Nationals came into the Subway Series with ambitions of showing the city that for the first time since 1986, the Mets are the talk of the city.
After winning the first game, and beating Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, all looked well for the Mets, until the next day.
The Yankees, who sat four of their normal starters in game one, came back on Saturday afternoon to beat the Mets 5-0 behind a solid performance by Michael Pineda. Pineda threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and former Met Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer off of Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. Yankees catcher Brian McCann also went deep adding a two-run home run to seal the deal.
On Sunday night, as ESPN set up their broadcast, Mets fans were sure with star pitcher Matt Harvey on the mound against old and broken CC Sabathia that the series was going to be won.
Well in the first inning it sure looked that way. Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada led off the game with a double that was followed by a David Wright double and the Mets had a lead before Sabathia even recorded an out. Citi Field was rocking and the Mets were looking for more.
Sabathia however, would settle down and show that he still has some life as he threw six innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out seven.
The Yankees bats went to work in the sixth as Beltran singled in a run, and new acquisition Dustin Ackley hit a three-run home run to extend the Yankees lead. Greg Bird would also hit a three-run home run in the eighth, his eighth as a Yankee and the Yankees would go on to win 11-2.
The Yankees would also win the Subway Series four games to two. With the win, the Yankees drop their magic number to eight, and secured their 23rd consecutive winning season.
With a Toronto loss, the Yanks move 2 1/5 games back and open a huge three-game road series against the Blue Jays on Monday.
The series had its hype, and with both teams in a playoff position, had ratings up but the Yankees showed everyone who watched that the Mets may be younger, more exciting and better, but the Yankees still own the city of New York.
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