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Mets sweep Yankees in Subway Series

The last hit on Wednesday night time bounced into the glove of Aaron Hicks, and naturally he did not need it. Hicks, the Yankees’ left fielder, gathered Starling Marte’s game-winning single, held it for some time after which flung it apart like a chunk of gum. A ball boy retrieved it and tossed it into the group at Citi Field. Trash for the Yankees, treasure for the followers.

The Mets’ 3-2 victory gave them a two-game sweep of the Yankees in the primary Subway Series since 2015 in which each groups have been holding first place in their divisions. They will meet for 2 extra video games subsequent month in the Bronx, and perhaps once more in the autumn.

“Oh, that’d be nice,” stated the Mets’ Pete Alonso, who hit his twenty sixth homer on Wednesday. “If we’re taking part in in opposition to one another in November, that’d be superior.”

Alonso stated he knew the Mets and the Yankees had met in the World Series a very long time in the past — a blow to these of us who bear in mind it nicely, however correct from his perspective. The Polar Bear was only a cub in October 2000, solely 5 years previous when the Yankees danced on the garden at Shea Stadium after profitable their third title in a row.

There was no celebration for the guests in Flushing this time.

The Yankees have misplaced 10 of their final 15 video games, together with a street doubleheader final week to the Houston Astros, who thumped them in the season collection, 5 video games to 2. Those outcomes pierced the Yankees’ aura, maybe, however not their confidence. They’d wish to remind you that they are nonetheless baseball’s greatest staff, at 66-33 earlier than Thursday’s recreation with Kansas City.

“We’re unfazed,” Manager Aaron Boone stated. “We know the place we’re going.”

Boone was feisty after Wednesday’s loss, disputing the notion that the Yankees’ lineup has too many energy hitters susceptible to hanging out. It was “pretend information,” he claimed — cannot we bury that time period already? — however acknowledged that it certain was good to have a brand new outfielder, Andrew Benintendi, who makes loads of contact and leads the American League in singles.

“We’ve bought savages in the lineup, actually good hitters,” Boone stated. “Benintendi’s an incredible hitter — will get on base at a extremely excessive clip, hits from the left facet, offers you some stability. If we get him, that is one other actually good big-league hitter so as to add to the combination that is going to elongate out your lineup.”

Boone spoke simply earlier than the commerce grew to become official: Benintendi to the Yankees, three Class A pitchers to the Royals. A Gold Glove left fielder final season, Benintendi was hitting .320 with a .387 on-base proportion and three house runs for Kansas City. Benintendi, 28, helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2018 championship, batting second in all of their World Series victories.

“Bat-to-ball abilities, velocity, at all times works a superb at-bat — and if you happen to’re not too cautious, man, he can go away the yard on you,” stated the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. “I’ve seen it many occasions at Yankee Stadium. Just a well-rounded participant, that is for certain.”

Benintendi, who has seven profession homers in 30 video games at Yankee Stadium, is mainly the antithesis of Joey Gallo, the outfielder who has hit .160 with 191 strikeouts in 418 at-bats since his commerce from Texas final July. Gallo’s 25 homers haven’t been sufficient to offset all of the empty at-bats.

The Yankees produce other urgent points: reliever Michael King had season-ending elbow surgical procedure this week, starter Luis Severino has been shut down for nearly two weeks with a proper lat pressure and slugger Giancarlo Stanton is out with a left Achilles’ damage. This season, it seems, shouldn’t be as charmed because it appeared for the primary three months.

“We know we’re actually good, and we all know we’ll hit a snag in the season,” Boone stated. “We’re outfitted for it. We’re able to cope with it. We truly embrace somewhat little bit of adversity. We’ll energy our manner by way of it, no query in my thoughts.”

With an 11½-game lead in the AL East by way of Wednesday, the Yankees have purpose to be comfy. The Mets lead Atlanta by solely three video games in the National League East — however they, too, are hoping to learn from adversity in time.

Max Scherzer, who turned 38 on Wednesday, missed greater than a month with a strained left indirect muscle; if he is at his greatest in October, the compelled relaxation can have been value it. He has returned as an ace in full this month, with a 1.39 earned run common in 5 begins, passing Bob Gibson on the profession strikeout listing alongside the best way.

Scherzer retired Judge 4 occasions on Wednesday, thrice with third-strike sliders that Judge anticipated however couldn’t deal with.

“The first at-bat, I used to be all around the heater,” stated Judge, who lined out to proper. “I used to be sort of sitting on the slider the remainder of the sport, and typically when that occurs, you broaden the zone somewhat bit.”

The Mets’ different multi-time Cy Young Award winner, Jacob deGrom, additionally pitched on Wednesday, working 4 innings for Class AAA Syracuse. DeGrom, who has handled a stress response on his proper scapula, has not pitched in the majors in greater than a 12 months. The break day, in principle, may make deGrom at his strongest when it issues most, though the Mets can’t be sure.

“When you pitch on the stage he is pitched at, I do not know,” Manager Buck Showalter stated. “I can not sit right here and say that I do know. But it is going to be enjoyable to seek out out.”

Showalter stated the Mets hoped to activate deGrom from the injured listing early subsequent week — proper round Aug. 2 buying and selling deadline, because it occurs. There is not any higher arm the Mets may discover on the open market, and no higher purpose for optimism {that a} deep playoff run could possibly be in their future.

And in the event that they find yourself in a rematch of that long-ago duel with the Yankees? As Alonso stated: superior, certainly.

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