The Yankees managed to earn a 4 game sweep of their crosstown rival Mets this week, breathing some new life in to the Yankees late season push while serving as just another forgettable moment in the long list of mishaps the Mets have suffered in 2017. The Yankees really needed a strong showing coming off a tough loss against the division leading Red Sox on Sunday night, and this 4 game streak is the perfect thing for the Yankees to build off as they head to Fenway for another 3 game set against their bitter rivals.
Gary Sanchez is heating up for the Yankees again, just as he did last August. In 15 games this month Sanchez is hitting .333 with 5 homers, 3 of which he hit against the Mets this week. If Sanchez can get hot again, that will do wonders for a Yankee offense that was struggling of late.
Going in to the 2017 there were many claiming that the New York City had become a Mets town, but this season has played out much to the contrary. This series (along with nearly this entire season) has demonstrated that a few good years for the Mets and a few tough seasons for the Yankees is not enough to turn New York City in to a Mets town, as Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard so boldly stated heading in to this season. With the Yankees looking on the verge of becoming a perennial powerhouse again while the Mets struggle to keep their vaunted pitching staff healthy, there are very few singing that narrative anymore.
With the Yankees expecting to add back Starlin Castro, Greg Bird, and Matt Holliday from the DL in the next few weeks, things are beginning to shape up as they enter the last month of the season. These additions could provide a spark similar to what Aaron Hicks has provided the Yankees, which would be huge for them down the stretch.
The Mets on the other hand have little to look forward to toward the end of the season, other than watching their prospects like Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith grow at the Major League level. While they watch their crosstown rival aim for the playoffs, the Mets can at least spend their time hoping they wont be hit with the injury bug quite as bad as they were this season.