Katie Sharp, who is great at this stuff, shares the following on New York’s two teams as they face-off for the first of three this evening:
It’s no secret that the Yankees live and die by the longball. The Yankees lead the majors with 84 homers and have scored more than half of their runs via home runs. They are 0-12 when they don’t go yard –- they’re the only team in MLB that hasn’t won a game without a home run — and 31-13 when they do homer.
[The Mets] leads the majors in OPS in Close and Late situations.
The Yankees have the worst outfield defense according to Defensive Runs Saved, and only the Tigers have converted fewer groundballs into outs than the Yankees this season.
Nobody on the Mets has been better in clutch at-bats than [Kirk] Nieuwenhuis. He leads the team in go-ahead or game-tying hits in the seventh inning or later, has an OPS near 1.000 in high-leverage situations, and also boasts a few web gem-worthy, game-saving catches.
I wonder how much of these type things will come into play during this series?