New York is headed for the Subway World Series 2000 rematch

The New York Yankees and New York Mets are on a collision course to lead another World Series as AL and NL champions – just like they did in 2000.

Though World Series champions have alternated over the years, there are some MLB franchises that consistently rank among the best in the league.

In New York, there were two baseball teams that represented both ends of the winning spectrum. The New York Yankees are historically the most successful MLB franchise with 27 titles, and they didn’t miss the postseason since 2017.

The Mets, on the other hand, are virtually the opposite: they’ve won two World Series titles in nine postseason appearances in their 60-year history, hence their nickname “LOLMets”. In true LOLMet fashion, the NL East New Yorkers dashed their postseason hopes at the very end – but this time it could be different.

As of mid-June, the Yankees and Mets claim the #1 and #2 spots in the latest MLB performance rankings

Everyone was talking about the Yankees’ success, but that’s no surprise: the legendary New York team is more prominent this year than in previous seasons. And the Mets are keeping pace with them, as the only MLB teams with 40-plus wins are both headquartered in NYC.

If the stars align and the Mets and Yankees both make the World Series, it will be a historic rematch not seen by the New Yorkers in 22 years.

Yankees and Mets could share New York in the second part of the Subway World Series

Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight showed how rare it is for the Yankees and Mets to be good at the same time, and described the New York teams as “ships that sail by in the night” when it comes to MLB success. Most of the time, it was the Yankees who found success, but the Mets had their moments in the sun.

And by the turn of the millennium, the Mets and Yankees were assembling for a World Series that only New Yorkers could truly appreciate.

Former Yankees right fielder Paul O’Neill shared what it was like playing in a in that series published excerpt from his book “A Swing and a Miss”:

Flash back to the 2000 postseason, and we were all singing “New York, New York” for the Subway Series between the Yankees and the Mets, the first Subway Series since the Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. I was thrilled to be competing in such a monumental series and excited that the Yankees had a chance to win our third straight championship and our fourth in the last five years.”

According to FiveThirtyEight predictions, the Yankees have the best chance of making the World Series for the AL at 31 percent, while the Houston Astros are second at 21.2 percent. And while the Mets have the second-best chance of making the World Series at 13.9 percent, they’re well behind expected NL leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are currently at 36.7 percent.

Still, the Mets are winning in the power rankings, meaning the FiveThirtyEight projections might make up some LOLMets later. But you don’t have to dream of singing “New York, New York” in October. New York is headed for the Subway World Series 2000 rematch

John Verrall

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