It is an effective yr to be a New York baseball crew. As a barely truncated April got here to an in depth on Saturday, the Yankees had the perfect file within the American League at 15-6 and the Mets had been tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the perfect file within the National League at 15-7.
While not with out precedent, the sight of each New York groups on high of their respective leagues on the finish of April has been uncommon within the 61 seasons that the Mets and Yankees have coexisted. The final time it occurred was 1986 — a yr that turned out fairly properly for the Mets. The solely different time it occurred was 1976, when the Yankees closed April with a 10-3 file (and went on to lose the World Series) whereas the Mets had been pacing the N.L. at 13-7 (then did not make the playoffs).
Of course, main your league in April isn’t every thing. In 2000, the Yankees had been 15-8 on the finish of April, a sport behind Cleveland, and the Mets had been 16-10, three video games behind Atlanta. The New York groups ended up dealing with one another that October within the Subway Series, with the Yankees capturing the crew’s third consecutive championship.
As for this yr, the restocked Mets have had phenomenal pitching — Friday’s no-hitter was a crew effort within the truest sense — whereas the Yankees have additionally pitched properly as their batters have pounded their option to victory. But the Bombers closed April with an odd one, beating the Kansas City Royals, 3-0, on Saturday in a sport wherein the runs had been scored on a double-play grounder and two sacrifice flies.
“When you want to be a complete team and a really good one, you have to find ways at times to win in different ways,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone informed reporters after the quirky victory.
Overall, the Yankees have had the A.L.’s finest file getting into May 1 seven instances since 1962, in keeping with Baseball Reference, whereas the Mets have paced the N.L. 4 instances. Before that, the Yankees had the highest April file within the A.L. 18 instances from 1903 to 1961. In seven of these 18 seasons, the highest April crew within the N.L. was both the Brooklyn Dodgers or the New York Giants.
Now the trick for each New York groups is to increase their scorching begins, which each did on Sunday. The Yankees began May by beating the Kansas City Royals, 6-4, extending their profitable streak to 9 video games. And the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-6, profitable their seventh straight collection to start out this season.