Two teams, many issues
by John Jastremski
Sep 03, 2020 | 9409 views | 0 0 comments | 1020 1020 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It should surprise no one that in the 2020 installment of the Subway Series the games were chaotic and sloppy, yet wildly unpredictable.

All five games featured some sort of stunning ending, and every game was decided in the last at-bat or in extra innings.

There was plenty of drama and there was plenty of fun, but the issues with both teams were obvious and apparent watching these five games.

From a Yankees standpoint, it's pretty obvious.

“Next Man Up,” which was an inspiring rallying cry in 2019, has not been nearly as effective in 2020.

The Yankees are a shell of the team we expected to see in mid-July. There are injuries galore. Where should we even begin? Judge? Stanton? Paxton? Britton? Gleyber?

It doesn't end.

The Yankees have also had issues in the bullpen, their lineup does not look the same, and even Gerrit Cole has looked human in his last two starts.

Yes, they took three out of five against the Mets, and it was great to see youngster Devii Garcia dominate and a relief to see the heroics from Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez on Sunday.

But the reality is that the Yankees, as currently constructed, are not a championship team. They are a MASH unit and need to get healthy.

If the Yankee team we saw on the field last weekend is the team playing in October, it will be a quick trip to the Postseason Bubble.

For Mets fans, it was a weekend that could have been euphoric.

The news putting billionaire Steve Cohen as the clear frontrunner to buy the team combined with the two stunning wins over the Yankees on Friday was a day that for many Mets fans seemed too good to be true.

Those good vibes disappeared quickly. Bullpen meltdowns Saturday and in both games on Sunday highlight two major issues.

The first is simple: Edwin Diaz can’t close. I know the numbers are impressive, but if you watch the games, you know that in any high-leverage situation, Edwin Diaz stinks.

His problems in the ninth inning were a nightmare last year, and in big games it hasn’t been any better in 2020.

The second issue with the Mets bullpen moving forward is that their best closing option is now a starter. Seth Lugo was moved to the rotation due to injuries, but by moving him you have robbed Peter to pay Paul.

In addition to that shaky bullpen, you keep waiting for Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil to look like the players they were last season.

At 15-20, the Mets still shockingly have a pulse in the wide open NL East, but they have given you no reason to believe they are a playoff team.

It was just one weekend, but the play on the field showed these teams have issues that will impact their entire season.
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