The Yankees continue to rise while the Mets’ fall persists
Jamie C. Harris | 6/6/2019, 12:17 p.m.
Every team in Major League Baseball should have the problems that are confronting the Yankees. Despite enduring a rash of injuries to many of their star players including third baseman Miguel Andujar, shortstop Didi Gregorius, outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, and pitchers Luis Severino, Dellin Betances and James Paxton, they are still debatably the best team in baseball.
Going into last night’s (Wednesday, June 5) game against the Toronto Blue Jays on the road, the Yankees were 38-21, the fourth best overall record in MLB behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-19), Houston Astros (42-20) and Minnesota Twins (40-19). Of the aforementioned players, only Paxton has returned to the active roster. Andujar is out for the season with a tear of the labrum in his right shoulder.
The Yankees’ problem, or main concern, if it is applicable to reference their situation either way, will be finding adequate playing time for everyone if and when they are back at full strength. In the absence of Judge, Stanton et al., players such as second baseman DJ LeMahieu and third baseman Gio Urshela have proven to be outstanding replacements.
As of last night, LeMahieu led the Yankees with 66 hits in 57 games played while Urshela, who has several clutch hits for the team, was batting .327 in 150 at-bats and played stellar defense on the corner.
Conversely, the Mets’ downward trend continued on Tuesday at Citi Field in Queens with another blown game by their bullpen and more questions as to how long manager Mickey Callaway will retain his job. As the team was leading 3-2 with two outs in the seventh inning, Callaway opted to pull starter Noah Syndergaard, who had thrown 103 pitches but still looked strong.
Syndergaard was visibly upset by being removed.
“That’s one I’d like to have back,” Callaway said afterwards regarding taking out Syndergaard and turning the lead over to a shaky bullpen, whose 5.10 ERA ranked 24th among 30 teams when they hosted the Giants last night in the second game of a three-game series.
Evidently he would as the Giants subsequently scored seven runs off a combination of Mets’ relief pitchers and went on to a 9-3 victory. It was the Mets’ third straight loss and sixth in their last eight games, dropping them to 28-32, five and a half games behind the National League East leading Philadelphia Phillies.