New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Aaron Judge #99 and Clay Holmes #35 of the New York Yankees celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 at Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Yankees and Mets both head into the All-Star Break with a head of steam.

After getting tripped up by the Cincinnati Reds last week, the Yankees responded over the weekend by trouncing the Boston Red Sox, not just once, but twice over the weekend. Combined, New York outscored Boston 27-3 on Saturday and Sunday. Matt Carpenter had a monster night on Saturday with a pair of three-run homers and seven RBI overall. Aaron Judge also had two homers on Saturday in New York’s 14-1 victory.

On Sunday the good vibes continued as Joey Gallo and Timothy Locastro got into the power department with long home runs in the Yankees 13-2 victory.  Boston has yet to win a series in the AL East all season.

As for the Yankees, they stand at 64-28 on the year, by far the best team in baseball.  While the Yankees, at times have been inconsistent offensively, there is no mistaking that the club is built around Aaron Judge, who having an MVP-caliber season. In 89 games played, Judge has 33 home runs and 70 RBI. He is well on his way to 55-plus homers and 120-plus RBIs this season. Not bad for a player who took the gamble in rejecting at $213 million offer from the Yankees before Opening Day.

Now Judge is on pace to break $350 to $400 million the market this winter.

What do the Yankees have to look forward to in second half? More of the same from Judge as well as the likes of Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton, who will also provide some pop. The Yankees need another bat to steady the lineup. The Yankees pitching has been solid all season, but the Bombers could be in a market for another starter in case either Jameson Tallion or Nestor Cortes hit a wall in the stretch drive.  If the Yankees keep it up, they should have the AL East officially wrapped up by late-August/early September.

As for the Mets, they hit a bump on Sunday, falling to the Chicago Cubs 3-2. However it doesn’t discount what was a huge seven days for the Mets, who went 5-2 on the road-trip to Chicago and Atlanta.  The Mets entered the week with a game and a half lead over Atlanta, and ended the week gaining a full game on the Braves as the All Star week commences.

While the Amazin’s struggled to score consistently in Chicago, their defense was phenomenal as Eduardo Escobar made two game-saving plays at third base in both games of a double-header. In the first game, Escobar dove for a ball deep in the hole at third, scooped it up and threw a dart to J.D. Davis who picked the ball out of the dirt to keep the game tied at one in the tenth inning.

In the nightcap, Escobar was at it again, picking the ball in the dirt and starting a game-ending double-play with the bases loaded with Cubs.

What do the Mets have to look forward to in the second half? Jacob deGrom returns from a year long absence due to lingering arm issues.  Mets fans will then get to see a rotation with both deGrom and Max Scherzer in it. If deGrom returns to form and Scherzer continues his success, the Mets will be in the mix for a top seed in the National League come late September.  The Mets do need to address catcher, DH, and bullpen come the August 2 trade deadline.