It’s September and both New York teams are in a race to make the playoffs. The Mets’ only hopes are to win the NL East and the Yankees’ only route is the AL Wild Card at this stage. So to say the Subway Series is important this time around is a bit of an understatement. The Mets took their opportunity to continue to put it on the Yankees on Friday evening, walloping them 10-3 to hand them a seventh straight defeat. Javier Baez went 3-4 from the plate and drove in two runs while Francisco Lindor homered and Tylor Megill sparkled on the mound in a seven-inning showing that saw him give up just two earned runs and strike out ten batters.
The Mets scored six times in a pivotal third-inning outburst, and that was plenty for them on the night. The win sees them climb back to .500 in the standings, still five games off the pace of the Braves at the top of the division. The Yankees, fortunately for them, did not lose ground to any of their division foes on the night and are still in the second Wild Card spot for now, but they did allow both the A’s and Mariners to inch to within one game. Elsewhere, the San Francisco Giants won their fifth straight contest for what seems like the umpteenth time this season as they downed the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Kris Bryant’s return to Wrigley Field. Two two-run blasts in the seventh inning from Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt made the telling difference as the Giants maintained their 2.5 game lead over the LA Dodgers in the NL West.