The New York Yankees posses a Cinderella type of feeling, but that’s not the only thing they have in common with the 2015 Mets.
When the season started, not many would have predicted the New York Yankees would be one win away from reaching the World Series by the 20th of October. This was supposed to be a transitional year where we learned about a young core of players for the foreseeable future–success wasn’t supposed to have come this quickly. Similar things could have been said about the New York Mets just two seasons ago, but the two clubs have more in common than a feel-good story.
Depending on who you asked, most would have bet the current Yankees or ’15 Mets to feature a win total in the low to mid-eighties. That obviously wasn’t the case for either who both won at least 90 games or more. The 90 win plateaus are just another similarity in what is an ironic number of parallels.
The most notable comparisons between the two are the blockbuster trades both made to drastically change the course of their respective regular seasons. The Yanks opted to bolster their bullpen, adding old friend David Roberston and reliever Tommy Kahnle before a deadline deal added ace Sonny Gray.
The Mets infamously made a number of July trades that returned Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Tyler Clippard before landing Addison Reed in August. Both teams likely would not have advanced as far as they did without the significant upgrades.
Against Cleveland, the Indians were heavy favorites. Three excellent starters, a bullpen that could match the Yankees and a deep lineup were expected to top a wild card winning team. That obviously wasn’t the case and the record-setting Indians went home disappointed.
Conversely, the Dodgers featured two pitchers both in the midst of historic seasons. Facing Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw four times in five games seemed a near impossible task. Yet, the upstart Mets powered by Daniel Murphy and company saw their way to the NLCS in five games–the same number of games as it took the Yanks to eliminate Cleveland.
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The boys from the Bronx and the kids from Queens were not supposed to see the championship series. Though, the MLB postseason often takes the road less traveled.
The Chicago Cubs swept the Mets in all seven meetings between the two sides in 2015. Naturally, it was the Mets turn to repay the favor. Everyone knew that was coming, right? Cue the sarcasm.
The Yankees, standing just one victory away from the Fall Classic, are on the verge of upsetting a team that won over 100 games for the second straight round. Naturally, the Baby Bombers are gunning for the upset just like their New York neighbors two years prior.
Joe Girardi‘s men seemed poised and ready for the moment as if they’ve been there before. Should they win in Houston, they’d also mirror the Mets in clinching the divisional and championship series on the road.
The New York Yankees still have work to do which almost goes without saying. Should they reach the World Series, they’ll have a chance to establish one monumental difference between their run and that of their orange and blue neighbors.