Mets’ season will resume with doubleheader against Miami on Tuesday; Subway Series on tab for the weekend

New York Mets, Robinson Cano

Thankfully, the New York Mets’ COVID-19-forced stoppage won’t last long. According to The New York Post’s Joel Sherman, there were no additional cases since the player and the coach tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

That means, per the journalist, that the New York Mets will resume their season on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. The team’s general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will address the media on Monday morning to officialize the news.

The caveat is that the Mets and the Marlins will play a doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field. That news was reported by Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

The Mets didn’t play the series finale against the Fish and the Subway Series vs. the Yankees over the weekend after the two positives popped out. The club has been taking daily tests to ensure no one else contracted the disease.

Five Mets-Yankees classics!

A renewed edition of the Subway Series will take place this weekend, but with more games than previously anticipated. The Mets and the Yankees will play doubleheaders on Friday and Sunday, and they will have a single game on Saturday. The decision to play five games in three days is because MLB wants to make up the missed games last week.

Additionally, Sherman reported that the Mets and the Yankees will make up the other missed game on September 3.
As of now, the identities of the player and coach who tested positive are not yet known. For now, both remain quarantined in Miami.

The New York Mets currently have the ninth-best winning percentage in the National League, and there are eight playoff spots. They remain very much in playoff contention and were actually surging before their season had to be briefly halted.

The offense is coming around, thanks in large part to Robinson Cano and Dominic Smith, but there are major question marks in the starting pitching department behind proven ace Jacob deGrom.

Twenty Years Ago, the New York Yankees Pulled off an Unlikely Win

New York Yankees, Larry Rothschild

It’s hard to comprehend that it was 20 years ago since the New York Yankees beat the New York Mets in the Subway Series. Sure, there were news and highlights from the series at large, from Clemens throwing a piece of a baseball bat at Mike Piazza, to “El Duque” Orlando Hernandez being handed the first postseason loss of his stellar Yankee career. Even Derek Jeter hitting that leadoff home run during Game 1.

But when you look at how the Yankees limped into October, it’s amazing the team got out of the Championship Series at all.

A Terrible Finish

The Yankees, playing only 161 games that season (one game was rained out against the Miami Marlins that could never get rescheduled), were arguably one of the weakest teams on paper. Bouncing back from a dismal June (playing 5 games under .500), the team was 74-56 going into their September 1st game against Minnesota. They would then go 13-18 between September and October, losing 15 of the final 18 games they played.

It also hurt that Clemens was trash in the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics. Going 0-2, with an ERA over 8 (Dwight Gooden was the only one worse on the rotation), the Yankees were absolutely trashed in Game 4, setting up Game 5 in Oakland.

Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m bringing all of this up. Well, it’s always much more about HOW you finish the season than how well you did that season. The Chicago White Sox had the best record in the American League that year. Both the A’s and Mariners had better records and stronger finishes than the Yankees had. Hell, even the 2019 Washington Nationals ended up finishing only 4 games behind the Atlanta Braves last season, finishing red hot. They finished so hot, it carried them all the way to upsetting the Houston Astros at home in Game 7.

So when the Yankees, who had won 3 World Series titles in 4 years at this point, limped as poorly as they did into October, with such a lackluster performance from their All-Star pitcher they had acquired the year before from Toronto in Clemens, all we can do is raise a glass and toast the way the Yankees capped off that 2000 season. Because all logic would dictate that the Yankees should have been bounced in that ALDS against Oakland.

New York Mets Series Preview: New York Yankees (6/8-6/10)

The New York Mets are still winless during this home stand and face the mighty New York Yankees in this year’s Subway Series. The Mets come off back to back sweeps at the hands of the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles and their offense was anemic in both series. The Yankees are polar opposites of their New York counterpart. They come in with the second best record in baseball and a team set for a World Series run. The Yankees swept the Subway Series in 2017.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(6/8, 7:10 PM) Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.79 ERA) vs. Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.49 ERA)

(6/9, 7:15 PM) Domingo German (0-4, 5.44 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (2-4, 3.42 ERA)

(6/10, 8:05 PM) Luis Severino (9-1, 2.20 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06 ERA)

New Regime, Same Story

The Mets have seen the same old story at Citi Field, they cannot score and they cannot win. The starting pitching has certainly been great for the Mets, but the team has failed in every other part of the game. The Mets scored one run in 18 innings against the dreadful Orioles pitching staff. Every hitter looks like they are pressing right now and trying to carry their offense by themselves. There is no sense of a team concept where everyone is trying to work together to get out of the slump they are in.

Manager Mickey Callaway certainly has to take most of the blame for what has been going on during this long cold streak. He has not been dealt the best hand when it comes to the group of guys on this roster, but Terry Collins has done more with less in the past. Callaway has also made some questionable moves with his lineup and bullpen. These bullpen moves have caused Jeurys Familia to begin questioning what his role is on this team. No matter which way anyone looks at it, Callaway as the “pitching guru” is still questionable and in his short career he has looked like an “offensive novice.”

Kings of New York

The Yankees are a loaded and talented baseball team. They lead baseball in home runs and RBIs which should be no surprise to anyone who follows baseball. What should surprise many people is that the Yankees have a 40-18 record while Gary Sanchez is hitting. 201, Giancarlo Stanton has been inconsistent and Didi Gregorious has been nonexistent since the end of April. It will be scary to see what happens when these guys are performing like they usually do. There is no doubt the Yankees will be playing October baseball, but the Red Sox could force them to play a Wild Card game.

With a lineup as stacked as the Yankees, their pitching does not have to be brilliant. Luis Severino has been the clear cut ace that he was meant to be. He is fifth in baseball with a 2.20 ERA, second with nine wins and sixth with 102 strikeouts. With Jordan Montgomery going under the knife for Tommy John Surgery, they Yankees will certainly make another move to bolster their rotation. Cole Hamels has been the name thrown around and he certainly put the Yankees in a spot to finally beat the Houston Astros and Red Sox.

The atmosphere will certainly be wild this weekend and hopefully the Mets will give something for their home fans to cheer for. It also would not be surprising if 30,000 Yankee fans took over Citi Field and turned it into Yankee Stadium.

Matchups to Lookout For

Giancarlo Stanton vs. Jacob deGrom: 9-22 (.409) Double, 4 Home Runs, 3 Walks, 6 Strikeouts

Asdrubal Cabrera vs. Luis Severino: 2-5 (.400) Double, Walk, 2 Strikeouts

Giancarlo Stanton vs. Noah Syndergaard: 0-11 (.000) Walk, 6 Strikeouts

Jose Bautista vs. Luis Severino: 2-13 (.154) Home Run, 3 Walks, 7 Strikeouts

Interesting Stats

Giancarlo Stanton at Citi Field: .258 AVG, 21 Home Runs, 43 RBI

Michael Conforto vs. Power Pitchers: 14-64 (.182 AVG), 2 Home Runs, 7 RBIs, 21 Strikeouts 

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