The New York Yankees beat up on the New York Mets on Sunday, September 20, to win the three-game Subway Series. A very impressive sixth inning had the Yankees score five runs, but the team would then add five more runs in the top of the eighth inning as well. The 11-2 final was exactly what it sounded like, as this game became one-sided very quickly.
After also winning 5-0 on Saturday, September 19, the Yankees took the last two games of the series against the Mets. Not only did this provide a nice Subway Series victory, but it also helped the Yankees to keep pace in the wild card race. In the updated MLB standings from Sunday night, the Yankees now possess a four game lead over the Houston Astros for the first wild card slot.
The Yankees (82-66) are also now 6 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels (76-73) and Minnesota Twins when it comes to clinching a spot in the 2015 MLB Playoffs. With just 14 games left in the regular season, the Yankees could clinch as early as next week, allowing the team to coast into the postseason. With all the injuries that the team has had to suffer through this season, getting a few days of rest before the playoffs could be a great thing.
The New York Yankees only got nine hits on Sunday, but the team took full advantage of its base runners. Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, Carlos Beltran was 1-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Greg Bird was 1-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs. The Mets walked seven batters on the night, helping aid the Yankees when it came to getting runners into scoring position. This was all despite a great start that Matt Harvey had, where he gave up just one hit through five innings before getting pulled. The innings limit on Harvey has already come back to punish the Mets.
Another positive aspect of this win was that starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia looked good on the mound. He scattered five hits over six innings, struck out seven Mets hitters, and notched the win for his team. This is exactly what the Yankees need from Sabathia in the postseason. With the win, the Yankees pulled to within 2 1/2 games of the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. The teams meet up in Toronto beginning on Monday, September 21, for a three-game series that could decide the division.
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