The Met's rookie first baseman Peter Alonzo's 22 home runs put him among the top sluggers in Major League Baseball (280812)
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The Yankees hosted the Mets this week at Yankee Stadium for the first installment of this season’s subway series. As it has been in many of the years, the Yankees are firmly entrenched as a contender for the American League East division title while the Mets teeter around .500.

But the outcome wasn’t decidedly one-sided. Monday’s scheduled game was postponed due to inclement weather. It was followed by a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday. The Yankees took the opener 12-5 powered by third baseman Gio Urshela’s two-run homer and four RBI, catcher Gary Sanchez’s three RBI, including his 20th home run of the season, and first baseman Luke Voit’s three-run home run, marking his 16th.

The second game saw the Mets flip the script, nearly matching the Mets’ seven run victory margin in Game 1 with a 10-4 win. Rookie first baseman Peter Alonso hit his 22nd home run, a three-run shot in the first inning off of Yankees starter James Paxon that set the tone for the win. As of yesterday’s schedule of games, Alonso was second in all of Major League Baseball in home runs trailing only Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers who had 25.

“I thought this was a blast,” said the 24-year-old Alonso to reporters afterwards of his first subway series experience. “I’m really looking forward to the ones at Citi Field. This environment was nuts.”

That two-game slate will take place in a few weeks, July 2 and 3. In between, the Mets will play 18 games, all against National League opponents, beginning tonight (Thursday, June 13) at home in the first game of a four-game series versus the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets enter the series with a record of 33-34 having won five of their last seven. They were 28-36 at the same time a year ago.

Unlike the Mets, the Yankees have been well above .500 since early May. At 41-25, holding a first place lead in the American League East, they begin a four-game series tonight in Chicago against the White Sox before hosting the Tampa Bay Rays, who are second in the AL East, in a three-game series starting on Monday, June 17.