Ever since the 2000 Subway World Series, a Mets and Yankees rematch in the fall classic has seemed nothing more than a pipe dream. Only once since the 2000 season have the Mets and Yankees even made the playoffs in the same year. But in 2015, the New York rivals have both clinched postseason appearances. Granted, the Yankees have to get through a one game wild card game to get to the postseason bracket, but they are in the playoffs nonetheless.
When you look at each teams path to the Fall Classic, there is a way a Subway Series can come to fruition. There is no buzz saw in the league this year. With the exception of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League who look like they are going to win over 100 games, there is no team that you can say,"they are going to win it all." The Yankees will either have to play the Astros, Angels, or Twins in the wild card game. Only the Angels scare me out of that group, and they may not even clinch a playoff berth. If the Yankees moved on, they would play either the Blue Jays or the Royals, two teams that are extremely good, but have flaws. The Royals do not have as stable a bullpen as they did last postseason, and the Blue Jays star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is an unknown coming off of an injury. I am not saying the Yankees would beat either of these two teams, but if the Yankees can get Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda to have one of their good days in a short series, they have the bullpen to make a run. That is the beauty about the MLB playoffs, the best team doesn't always win, and the Yankees while not being the most talented of the bunch, have a formula that could pan out in October.
As for the Mets, they have to go through the 1-2 pitching combination of Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although home field has not been decided for this series yet, facing these two anywhere is a monumental task. However, the Mets have a fierce pitching duo of their own with Matt Harvey and Jacob DeGrom. So while the Mets would have to face a deadly pitching staff on L.A. and possibly meet with one of three N.L. Central teams whom they had trouble with all season, the Mets have the pitching to do it. In fact, the regular season meetings usually cannot be a good determinate for a playoff meeting. In 1988, the Mets manhandled the Dodgers in the regular season but fell to them in an eventual league championship series defeat.
METS BIGGEST HURDLE: The N.L. Central---The Mets were putrid against this division this season, as they were well under .500 against the Cardinals, Cubs, and Pirates. Although the Mets may not get past L.A., I would be most concerned with a potential meeting with this division, all three teams are very scary in their own right.
YANKEES BIGGEST HURDLE: The Toronto Blue Jays---If I am the Yankees, I am only scared of the team North of the border. I know the Yankees have been struggling and they have to get through the wild card game, but they have as much experience as anyone else in the field, and only the Blue Jays really seem to have their number this year. Toronto is scary good, and proved they can beat the Yankees down the stretch, so they seem to be the biggest future speed bump for the pinstripes.
If the Mets and Yankees can overcome their biggest hurdles, why can't the New York classic happen?
Hey, its not likely, but for the first time in a while, theres a chance. And a Subway World Series in 2015 would bring a buzz to the city that New York baseball has lacked for almost a decade and a half.