The Mets exit early as the Yankees begin their playoff run


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Zoe Poulis, Features Editor

For the first time since 2015, both of New York’s baseball teams, the Yankees, who play in the American League (AL) Division, and the Mets, who play in the National League (NL) Division, made the postseason. For the Mets, however, it was short-lived. 

The Mets finished the season second in their division, earning one of three spots in the Wild Card Series for the NL. Kicking off the series run on Friday, Oct. 7, the Mets lost 7-1 against their first and only match-up of the playoffs, the San Diego Padres. 

Max Scherzer, starting pitcher for the Mets and one of the top five pitchers in the league, got booed off the mound in just the fifth inning, giving up four home runs and seven runs. After this performance, he is now the second player in Major League Baseball (MLB) with a history of doing this in a playoff game, after Gene Thompson in 1939, nearly a century ago. Though Scherzer is currently with the team under a $43 million three-year contract, fans can’t help but question whether or not the future Hall-of-Famer will be in a Mets uniform next year.

While the Mets bounced back with a 7-3 win in the second game against the Padres, this was not enough to keep their season alive, with their best-of-three series coming to a close on Oct. 9 after a 6-0 shutout loss, ultimately concluding that the Mets would not move on to the next round.

With the Yankees finishing first in the AL East Division, fans are anticipating an exciting postseason. Their first series of the playoffs is set to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 11, against the Cleveland Guardians, who are just coming off their 2-0 Wild Card Series win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Entering the postseason, baseball analysts suggest that Aaron Judge is the player to watch. Just before the playoffs, Judge broke the AL single-season home run record, with his 62nd of the season demolishing a record that had remained untouched for 61 years. While this was a major milestone in his personal career and the AL, the all-time MLB and NL record sits at 73 home runs. Baseball fans will have to wait patiently to see if this record-breaking season for Judge is just a fluke, or if he will one day surpass the all-time record of 73 home runs in a single regular season.

Though both teams were in the playoffs, it was unlikely both NYS teams would come head-to-head. The Mets would have had to go through the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers, both strong contenders for the World Series. The Yankees may have a difficult road ahead of them if they get the chance to face the Houston Astros, who hold the number one spot in the entire AL. If the Mets and Yankees did end up playing each other, it would not have been until the final round of the World Series.

Not everyone gets the chance to witness a playoff game, and if anything can be learned from the Mets series, it goes by fast. The Yankees, however, are still in it, with plenty of baseball left to be played. Their first two games against the Guardians will be right here in the Bronx on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 13. Be sure to head over to Yankee Stadium or watch from your home television to catch the rest of their postseason run.