As far as Subway Series games go, this particular set has virtually no meaning or importance to the Mets. But in a season that has gone just about as poorly as it could have given the pre-season expectations, it’s still been plenty frustrating to see things playing out the opposite way for the Yankees this year. And now that the Mets have lose the first three games of the four-game set, it just feels like they’re helping their cross-town rivals make their playoff push.
There are bigger and more important rivalries, and in the long run, the Mets benefit from losing games the rest of the way this season more than they do from winning them. But one or two wins—and hey, one is still possible—in this series would at least make the Mets somewhat of a bump in the Yankees’ road.
That the Yankees have beaten the Mets should not be a total surprise or perceived as a major accomplishment. With an already-depleted rotation—Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler remain on the disabled list, recently joined by Seth Lugo—and some of their better players traded away to contenders, the Mets are undoubtedly nowhere near the contending version of the team that began the season.
So with all of that, there’ll be one more shot for the Mets to beat the Yankees, perhaps helping to put an end to that team’s hopes in its own division or allowing other Wild Card contender in the American League catch up to them. In a season that’s been short on even small victories, just one would be nice.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: none
Big losers: Paul Sewald, -28.0% WPA, Dominic Smith, -21.6% WPA, Robert Gsellman, -14.6% WPA, Asdrubal Cabrera, -14.2% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Rene Rivera ties the game with a solo home run in the fifth, +17.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Didi Gregorius hits a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh, -30.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -38.8% WPA
Total batter WPA: -11.2% WPA
GWRBI!: Didi Gregorius