The baseball gods have spoken and they have declared, “Baseball shall be played in 2020!”
Yes, the 2020 sixty game season will kick off this week! It all starts with the New York Yankees taking on the defending champs, Washington Nationals this Thursday, July 23rd! This is an exciting match up due to the Yankees being the favorite to win it all this year, but the Nats are looking to reign supreme in 2020. The cross town rival New York Mets will take on the Atlanta Braves on Friday, July 24th. The Mets will look to take steps forward to prove they can be a force in the game.
But before the Yanks & Mets play games that matter, they had the chance play each other in exhibition games this past weekend. What were the takeaways? What were the concerns? Lets break it down.
Lets just say it…The Yankees looked good. They looked really good. On Saturday night theY posted a total 12 hits while driving in 9 runs. Clint Frazier hit a massive home run off of Mets Pitcher, Rick Porcello. Which makes me wonder…when will this kid get the chance to play everyday? We all know Frazier has struggled in the outfield in the past, but this kid is a absolute stud at the plate. I know many people feel that Brett Gardner is a Yankee Vet & has earned his spot in the everyday line up, but I think it’s time to let the kid get his chance. On Sunday night we were treated to a Home Run Derby. Unfortunately for Met fans, it seemed as if the Bronx Bombers were the only team who came to play. With a total of 5 homers, the Yankees made the Mets look like a little league team.
Look out MLB teams…The Yanks are going to be a force in 2020.
As for The Mets, they looked bad…really bad. On Saturday night they posted a total of 3 runs & on Sunday they couldn’t score one. If you read my previous blog, 5 Things the Mets need in 2020…thank you, because it’s obvious the team didn’t. Pete Alonso got a hit on Saturday to drive in a run, but on Sunday he looked lost. Striking out twice against pitchers who might not even be a key factor for the Yankees this year. Yoenis Cespedes has proved that being away from the game for almost two years will have an effect on your performance. Mets pitchers seemed as if they were there for Yankees batting practice. If this is what Met fans have to endure in the 60 game season, please just look away.