The 1st half of the 2015 Subway Series was built on hype because of how well both teams have started off their seasons.
The Mets came into the series with a franchise record 11 straight wins, and the Yankees came into the series red hot after taking three out of four in Detroit against the Tigers. Both teams looked to make a statement going into this series on proving who has the best team in New York at this point of the season. Many were shocked about how well both teams were playing.
The Mets had positive expectations this year but very few expected them to be off to the start they have been off to, including having the best record in baseball at 13 -3. The Mets also accomplished their greatest home stand in franchise history winning their first ten games at Citi Field, all against division opponents.
The Yankees also had some positive hopes coming into the season and so far the team has played consistently well. The Yankees were off to a dreadful 3 -6 start and they have since then won 8 of their last 10 games and are in a first place tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.
The Yankees took the first game of the Subway Series on Friday Night by the final score of 6 – 1. Mets pitcher and last year’s National League rookie of the year Jacob DeGrom struggled in his second ever Subway Series start. DeGrom gave up three homeruns including two of them in the second deck to Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Mets loss in Game 1 of the Subway Series ended their 11 game winning streak in the process. After the tough loss Friday Night the Mets felt confident going into Saturday afternoon’s game with their ace Matt Harvey making his Yankee Stadium debut.
The Mets won game 2 of the Subway Series 8 -2. Matt Harvey was dominant in his performance. He only had 7 strikeouts but was able to hold the Yankees to just two runs and pitched nearly a complete game before being taken out in the 9th inning by Mets manager Terry Collins due to his high pitch count. The long ball was also in favor of the Mets on saturday afternoon as they were able to get three home runs off of Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. A first inning home run by Lucas Duda, the first major league home run for rookie catcher Kevin Plawecki and another home run by Eric Campbell was all the offense the Mets needed to even the Subway Series on saturday afternoon.
With both teams even at a game a piece, the rubber match of the Subway Series took place on prime time ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. The Yankees came out on top and won the game 6 – 4 taking two out of three in the Subway Series. The Mets were off to a good start against Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Curtis Granderson hit his first homerun of the season in the first inning and Daniel Murphy doubled to right to give the Mets a 2 – 0. The Yankees struck back in the inning when Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run, the 659th of his career. The Yankees then exploded in the second inning hitting off of Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese. Brett Gardner, Gregorio Petit, and Alex Rodriguez each had RBI doubles in the inning and the lead was never surrendered as the Yankees went on to win the game and the series.
With the Yankees taking two out of three in the first half of the Subway Series from the Mets at Yankee Stadium, this was a statement that the Yankees are still the number one team in NY.
The Mets got off to a fantastic start winning their first ten games at Citi Field and going on an 11 game winning streak. The fact that their streak was snapped by the Yankees hurts the Mets fan in a different way then if any other team ended it. The Mets have nothing to be ashamed of though as they continue to still have the best record in baseball and have one of the best pitchers in baseball as their ace in Matt Harvey. For the Yankees this was a nice series win taking two out of three against their cross town rivals at home in the Bronx. The Yankees will look to continue to stay red hot and play consistent baseball all year long as long as the team can stay healthy. The two teams will meet again in September in a three game series at Citi Field. That will be 2nd half of the 2015 Subway Series which could be an even bigger series, considering it is a few weeks before the 2015 postseason.