All of a sudden, the two Major League baseball teams in New York are making the playoff race very interesting. The two the Mets and Yankees are living the good life at the moment.
Both had been built to be winners during this season, but it is how they are doing so that is the surprising part. A youth movement with energy is what is behind both.
When most pundits in baseball had written New York teams off, youth has turned their seasons around and created possibilities for both.
Joe Girardi the Yankees manager submitted a lineup on Thursday that included Gary Sanchez a 23-year old catcher and Tyler Austin a 25-year old at first base. Five of the eight position players in the lineup were 26 years old or younger.
Austin led the ninth inning off in a tie game with a home run to win the game for the Yankees. Four weeks ago, when Austin and Aaron Judge another young talent arrived to play with the Yankees they each hit home runs during their first at bats of their respective careers.
The victory for the Yankees was their 22nd over their past 35 games since the trade deadline of August 1. At that time, they dealt away the likes of Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and Arodlis Chapman.
Now the young Yankees are nine games over .500 and just four games out of first in the AL East. They have not been this close to first since late April. The Yankees are only two games away from the second wildcard spot in the AL as well.
The Mets have played with magic as well. They are now a half game in front of St. Louis in the race for the NL’s second wildcard spot.
The Mets are 14-4 over their past 18 games played. This run started shortly after Terry Collins the manager questioned his player’s desire and effort.
Noah Syndergaard is pitching what most feel is his best baseball and he is just 24. Rookies Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have combined to go 5-1 with an ERA of 2.13 during the current run by the Mets.
The Mets are also 13-3 since Yoenis Cespedes their slugger returned from the DL. The Mets have hit 27 homers over their past 13 games and have come from behind six times over their past 9 wins.
They have the easiest scheduled amongst all contenders in the NL. However, the Yankees must play the Dodgers three times and 20 versus the other four contenders in the AL East.
The Big Apple is rocking.