Both the Yankees and the Mets went 89-73 this season.
The Yankees had a shot at the post-season through 157 games this year.
The Mets had a shot at the post-season through 162 games this year.
The Yankees spent 2 days in first place this season: Opening Day and April 16th (when they were tied for first).
The Mets spent 39 days in first place this season – with their biggest lead being 3.5 games on September 10th. Their last day in first place was on September 19th when they were up by a half-game.
So, basically, the difference between the Mets and the Yankees this season was that the Mets spent 37 more days in first place than the Yankees and the Mets were “alive” for 5 more games (longer) during the season.
I offer this up in case you find yourself in a Yanks-Mets debate today and need some stats…