Yankees-Mets: Which New York team is better to win the 2022 World Series?

Both New York baseball teams are fixtures at the top of the standings this season. The Mets are 78-44 and hold a four-game lead in the NL East despite the Braves’ surge since early June. The Mets have been in first place every day this season except one, when they were 3-2 and a half game out. The Yankees are 74-48 and in first place in the AL East since April 27. They had a 15 1/2-game lead at one point. They’ve fallen on hard times over the last month-plus, but they still have an eight-game lead.

The two teams will meet on Monday and Tuesday in their second and final regular season series in 2022. New Yorkers and TV executives may begin to wonder if this is a preview of the World Series. It will be the second “Subway Series” since 2000.

Of course, the Mets will have to contend with the Braves in their division and possibly the mighty Dodgers in the NLCS. The Yankees will probably have to finally learn how to beat the Astros, if they are even able to get to them.

It’s obviously an incredibly difficult road for any team to win the World Series, but I’m tasked with looking at which ones to bet on.

A chance to win the World Series

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Dodgers +350
  • Astros +400
  • Yankees +450
  • Mets +475
  • Braves +1100

I listed the top five teams just for reference, but the task here is to see if the Mets or Yankees would be a better choice at this point.

Case for the Yankees

The Bronx Bombers are living up to that moniker this season, leading the league in home runs and runs scored. With Giancarlo Stanton on his way back from injury and healthy, the Yankees could flash a seriously scary lineup with Andrew Benintendi and DJ LeMahieu as table-setters (probably one in the nine-hole and the other in the front row) serving for Aaron. Judge, Anthony Rizzo, Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson. It’s the kind of lineup that can put up some crooked numbers per game in the playoffs, and we’ve seen three-run homers swing series too many times.

Assuming the Yankees get Luis Severino back and find a way to get Frankie Montas back on track, a playoff rotation with Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Montas and Severino is a big possibility. Or maybe the Yankees use Jameson Talon in the rotation and let Severino do his thing in relief.

The bullpen has been a problem for weeks, but you can skin your way into a dominant setup in the playoffs. Admittedly, Clay Holmes, Aroldis Chapman, Wandy Peralta, Scott Afros, Lou Trivino, Ron Marinaccio and Severino are all great. This will give Aaron Boone an arsenal with a wide variety of different weapons.

Simply put, the best version of the Yankees is a team that can do serious damage in the playoffs and bring home the title.

Of course, they haven’t been their best version for about six weeks now.

Case for the Mets

Chris Bassitt is an All-Star-caliber pitcher who has twice finished in the top-10 of the Cy Young voting. He is 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA in his last 11 starts and 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four August starts.

He will be the Mets’ No. 3 starter in the playoff series, behind uber-elite aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. Maybe Carlos Carrasco returns in time from injury to be No. 4 or maybe it’s Taijuan Walker. Either way, the Mets have the potential to have a great playoff rotation.

Oh, and waiting at the back end of the bullpen is the best closer in baseball, Edwin Diaz. He is now 28 for 31 with a 1.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 97 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.

The Mets also boast a strong lineup with superstars Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor serving as the backbone. Starling Marte, Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo are all having very good seasons. Mark Canha is as good as lower-third hitters get. Daniel Vogelbach has also appeared in DH.

It always comes down to who plays better when it matters most, but looking at the Mets, they have all the ingredients to win it all. They have two aces and the playoff rotation will likely be filled with all-stars. They have an almost automatic approach. They have a deep offense that doesn’t rely on the longball while being able to come through with clutch, game-changing bombs.

I’m excited about the Mets.

Choice

I’ll go along Mets And it was not a difficult choice. The Dodgers are the only team I’d take over the Mets right now and I’m not opposed to taking the Mets over the Dodgers. This is the most complete Mets team in a long time.

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