New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 14: Gerrit Cole #45 of the New York Yankees reacts after a double play to end the top of the sixth inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on June 14, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

How good are things in New York baseball? How about both the Yankees and Mets earning shutout victories at home on the same day. The Yankees blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 behind six superlative innings by Gerrit Cole, adding to its MLB best 45-16 record.

Meanwhile the Mets shutdown Milwaukee behind Chris Bassit’s eight three-hit innings to put down the Brewers 4-0. The Amazin’s now stand at 41-22 on the season.

In short Tuesday’s action was another prime example of what baseball in the greater New York area has become with both the Yankees and Mets winning on regular basis.

The Yankees victory over Tampa Bay was an important one. For starters, it comes as they open up their toughest stretch of games this season with match-ups against the Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros all on the horizon. All in all the next 13 games are going to tell us a lot about this Yankees team. Through the first 60 games of this year, the Yankees feasted against the likes of the Orioles, Royals, Tigers and Cubs.

Now we will see how good the Yankees can really be against teams they’ll likely see come October.

Moreover, the Yanks 2-0 win was another display of New York’s superior pitching depth. Cole rebounded well from his previous outing where he gave up seven runs against Minnesota. He five-hit a good Rays lineup on Tuesday. Meanwhile the trio of Wandy Peralta, Michael King and Clay Holmes continue to dominate out of the pen, with Holmes striking out a pair to earn his 10th save. His ERA dropped to an unfathomable 0.30. Is Aroldis Chapman getting the closing job back from Holmes when he returns from injury? Doesn’t look like it.

As for the Mets, their win over Milwaukee: 1) was another victory over a playoff-caliber team in the National League; 2) and helped keep their distance from the surging Atlanta Braves.

Mets win

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 14: Francisco Lindor #12 and Starling Marte #6 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 at Citi Field on June 14, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

After spending 11 days on the west coast that saw them split ten games, the Mets have seen their lead in the National League East shrink a bit as Atlanta has rolled up 12 straight victories.  Atlanta was once f0ur games under .500 on May 31. Since that time, they have reversed course and stand at 36-27, just five back of the Mets.

The Amazin’s were fundamentally sound against Milwaukee, putting the game away early. Pete Alonso’s single drove in Brandon Nimmo with the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning.

Jeff McNeil would follow with what turned into a rare infield-double as the Mets took advantage of some spotty Milwaukee defense.  Starling Marte scored to make it 2-0. Eduardo Escobar followed with a sac fly RBI, scoring Alonso to make it 3-0. That was really all Bassit needed as he dominated the Brewers.

The Mets and Brewers continue their series tonight from Citi Field at 7:05, while the Yankees will square off with the Rays at 7:05 as well.

Can both teams keep this going? That is the question. By the way the first Subway Series Match-up is a little over a month away.