As the 2015 postseason is about to get underway, clearly the Yankees and Mets are not playing their best baseball heading into the month of October.
The Yankees backed into home field advantage in the Wild Card game and looked like a cellar dweller in the final week of the year, losing six of their last seven.
The Yanks should thank their lucky stars that Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt sent a homer to the moon on Sunday, forcing the upstart Astros to make a trip to the Bronx for the wild card game as opposed to the Yankees making a Texas two-step down to Houston.
As for the Mets, the sizzling offense was cooled off in a hurry. They were no-hit by Washington’s Max Scherzer on Saturday night and scored a measly one run in a 35-inning stretch of play.
Over the final week of the year, the Mets resembled the anemic, hapless offense we saw out at Citi Field over the first half of the season.
Should both New York fan bases be concerned about their ball clubs? Certainly. However, is there a direct correlation that equates playing well in September into playing well in the month of October?
The answer to that question is no.
Over the years, we’ve seen just as many cold-as-ice teams enter the postseason and get hot at the right time. The Yankees of 2000 and the Cardinals of 2006 both limped into the postseason and both ended up champions of baseball.
The main objective in the crapshoot that is postseason baseball is simply just finding a way into the tournament.
Whether it’s a division title or a wild card berth, get in and anything’s possible.
The Yankees and Mets despite their flaws and peaks and valleys throughout the season found their way into the postseason collectively for the first time since 2006.
I wouldn’t look at either team as a World Series favorite, however you could’ve easily said the same thing about the 2014 World Series participants from last year. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.
Regardless of how this October plays out, this has been a very successful year of New York baseball.
For starters, how many of you had both the Yankees and Mets in the postseason at the start of the season?
I didn’t, that’s for sure.
The Yankees had minimal expectations and a ton of question marks at the start of the season.
Many of those questions were answered. The team received a nice boost from their farm system with the contributions of Greg Bird, Luis Severino and Rob Refsynder, and the end result was a postseason berth for the first time since 2012.
As for the Mets, they surprised all of baseball by seizing the National League East away from preseason favorite Washington.
The Mets and their young pitchers flourished and for the first time since the ballpark opened, Citi Field was alive and well.
Make no bones about it, October baseball is not good for your blood pressure. Every pitch, every at bat and every inning is so meaningful.
And certainly winner-take-all wild card games and dealing with Clayton Kershaw and Zach Grienke is anything but easy, but it sure beats the alternative: hearing about your baseball team on the golf course!
Enjoy the postseason...however long it may be.
Week 5 Unlocks of the Week
(2105 Season Record: 11-7-2)
• Kansas City -9.5
• Detroit +3
• Pittsburgh +3
• Oakland +5.5
• Baltimore -6.5
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