By: Mike Parmiter
The first installment of the 2018 Subway Series kicks off this weekend on Friday night in Flushing. In one corner we have the April 2018 World Series Champion New York Mets. After their torrid 11-1 start to the season the Mets have come screeching back down to earth, boasting the WORST record in the NL after their first 12 games. They can’t hit. They can’t field. They can’t pitch. They can’t even execute on in game promotions which is the ONLY reason any sane Met fan would want to frequent this literal dumpster fire. But we aren’t a sane bunch.
In the other corner I present the likely 2018 World Series Champion New York Yankees. What is there to say? Everything is coming up roses for this franchise. They (colluded) traded with the Marlins in the offseason to acquire outfielder Michael Stanton. Side note: this guy’s name is Mike, and I refuse to indulge this egomaniacs self-identification as a Giancarlo. Gleybar Torres appears to be the future best second baseman in the game; he’s also about six months younger than I am kicking butt in the majors while I’m sitting on the couch facing a bag of Ruffles. Luis Severino also appears to be the ace up the Yankees sleeve that was sorely missing last season. This is a very good baseball team, and I have yet to mention Aaron Judge.
This series does offer some great pitching matchups as Jacob deGrom locks horns with Masahiro Tanaka Friday night, and Noah Syndergaard comes off the DL Sunday to square off against bona fide ace Luis Severino. Look for some low scoring games in both matchups as the Mets bullpen and Mickey Moron Callaway squander the game late.
My prediction: To my fellow Mets fans, have a nice weekend. The weather is finally starting to warm up in New York on Friday. Head down to the beach. Hit the links. Go to the Belmont Stakes on Saturday (lets go Justify big money big money biiigggg mooonneeeyyyy… stop!). But please, do not turn on the TV to watch a single game of this series. You’ve been through enough suffering, and you don’t need your Yankee fan neighbor wearing his 10,000-pound gold chain laughing in your face while asking you to pass the gabbagool.
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