Sunday, July 31, 2022

Mets Close Joyous July On A High Note


The Mets outfielders Brandon Nimmo, Mark Canha, and Tyler Naquin embrace after Sunday's win in Miami. @Mets on Twitter.

The Mets blew out the Miami Marlins, 9-3, on Sunday afternoon to complete the sweep and end July on a six-game winning streak, which includes sweeping the two-game Subway Series against the Yankees last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

New York Yankees STEM Scholars Program


Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees recently announced the creation of the New York Yankees STEM Scholars Program in partnership with STEM Educational Institute, Inc. 

This initiative aims to give underrepresented high school students in New York City the technological skills needed to enter today's workforce while building generational wealth.

It started on Monday, July 25, at Yankee Stadium, and it provides a one-week program that serves as a career bridge for high school students to enter STEM fields and college majors. 

When the summer program is completed, students will continue to learn and earn income through offsite monthly meetings, which put students on the path to earning a certification as a Data Analyst or Data Scientist.

During the summer program at Yankee Stadium, students are participating in an in-person curriculum that includes the following"

STEM and Coding Skills: Hands-on learning to solve real-world problems using the python coding language.

Generational Wealth and Future Goals: Students enroll in a 529 College Savings Plan with a scholarship from the New York Yankees. They also learn fundamental skills to prepare and save for college through a wealth management curriculum.

Mental Health Resources: Support for coping with COVID-19-induced stress, study strategies and stress management skills.

Baseball Analytics: Yankees baseball operations staff members have created a baseball-oriented education module to introduce baseball analytics applications for STEM skills.

Career Bridge and Financial Stability: The New York Yankees provide students a stipend to support their daily needs. This stipend allows students to focus on learning skills that can transfer into internships or full-time positions.

Brian Smith, Yankees Senior Vice President of Corporate/Community Relations, said in a statement, "The New York Yankees are committed to developing the next generation of STEM leaders and professionals, and we are proud to launch the NYY STEM Scholars program in conjunction with the STEM Educational Institute. Our annual commitment to this program will provide resources that empower and strengthen lives by promoting STEM expertise and financial literacy, which are such critical components to workplace success and long-term personal stability. We are also excited to reach underserved populations through this initiative and have a part in cultivating a diverse network of young STEM talent for opportunities at the New York Yankees and beyond."

The program concluded with a fundraiser at the Friday, July 29, Yankees game against the Kansas City Royals. For more information about the STEM Educational Institute, click here.

Nikisha Alcindor, President and Founder of STEM Educational Institute, said in a statement, "Only 30% of high-ability eighth graders from low-income families complete college, and our goal is to give underrepresented students the wealth management skills they need to succeed and introduce them to various STEM career opportunities through mentoring and scholarships. We are excited to partner with the New York Yankees as they continue their commitment to the surrounding communities. We sincerely appreciate the generous contributions and invaluable experience in data science that the New York Yankees have provided through the NYY STEM Scholarship Program."

Friday, July 29, 2022

Judge, With Home Runs 40 & 41, Powers Yankees Past Royals

Aaron Judge touching home plate on his 40th home run of the season in the third inning on Friday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees scored eight runs in the eighth inning to storm back and beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-5, on Friday night at a rainy Yankee Stadium, as Aaron Judge hit a pair of home runs, his 40th and 41st home runs of the season, along with six RBI. The Yankees have now taken the first two games of this four-game set to improve to 68-33.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Mets Acquire OF Tyler Naquin & Reliever Phillip Diehl From Reds


Tyler Naquin. Picture courtesy New York Mets.

The Mets made their second big move ahead of the trade deadline (the first was acquiring slugger Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates), as they acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin and left-handed relief pitcher Philip Diehl from the Cincinnati Reds for minor league outfielder Hector Rodriguez and minor league right-handed pitcher Jose Acuna. The Mets also designated RHP R.J. Alvarez for assignment.

Yankees Acquire Benintendi To Address Their One Glaring Weakness

Andrew Benintendi on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. @Yankees on Twitter.

The Yankees have had a phenomenal season, but there has been one glaring weakness, and that is left field, specifically the performance of Joey Gallo.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Mets, With Strong Start From Scherzer & Walk-Off From Marte, Sweep Subway Series


The Mets mob Starling Marte after his game-winning hit. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets beat the Yankees, 3-2, on a walk-off RBI single by Starling Marte in the bottom of the night, to sweep the two-game Subway Series in front of a sellout crowd of 43,693 fans at Citi Field, the tenth-largest attendance in the ballpark's history.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Mets Take Round 1 Over Yankees To Start Subway Series


The scene at Citi Field during the fifth inning with the Mets' Francisco Lindor at-bat against the Yankees' Jonathan Loaisiga. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets beat the Yankees, 6-3, in an absolute thriller on Tuesday night in the opener of the Subway Series in front of a sellout crowd of 42,364 at Citi Field.

Subway Series 2022: First Stop Citi Field

Citi Field on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.


The 2022 edition of the Subway Series begins on Tuesday night at Citi Field, with the Mets hosting the Yankees in a highly-anticipated two-game series between these first-place teams. 

Check Out The Renovated Coca-Cola Corner At Citi Field


Photo by Jason Schott.

Just in time for the Subway Series, the Mets unveiled the newly-renovated Coca-Cola Corner at Citi Field, located on the second deck in right field.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Yankees Notebook: Suzyn Elected To Radio HOF & Draft Picks Signed


Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

Suzyn Waldman Elected Into Radio Hall of Fame: Yankees radio announcer Suzyn Waldman, a pioneer for women in sports media, who has covered the Yankees beginning with her work for WFAN when the station debuted in 1987, was elected to the Museum of Broadcast Communications Radio Hall of Fame on Monday.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Pete Powers Mets Past Padres


Pete Alonso rounding the bases on his home run in the sixth inning, past Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer and pitcher Joe Musgrove, strolling behind the mound. Photo by Jason Schott. 

The Mets won the finale of their three-game series with the San Diego Padres, 8-3, on Sunday night at Citi Field, avoiding a sweep, as Pete Alonso led the way with a home run, a double, and four RBI on the night.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Mets Shut Down By Snell, & Machado Blast Enough For Padres


Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell striking out Starling Marte to end the fifth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets suffered their second straight tough loss to the San Diego Padres, 2-1, on Saturday night as Manny Machado hit a two-run blast in the sixth inning to back up starting Blake Snell, who shut the Mets out for five innings.

For Mets, Another Day, Another Trade With Pirates


Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets announced on Saturday afternoon that they have acquired catcher Michael Perez from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Padres, Darvish Down Mets In Scherzer's First Time At Citi In 2 Months

Eric Hosmer greeting Austin Nola after crossing the plate on his two-run home run in the fourth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets lost to the San Diego Padres, 4-1, on Friday night at Citi Field in their first game back from the All-Star break. The Mets fell to 58-36 on the season, and they saw their National League East lead go back to just 1 1/2 games, as the Atlanta Braves (57-38) ran out the worthless Los Angeles Angels, 8-1.

Mets Acquire Daniel Vogelbach From Pirates

Daniel Vogelbach. @Mets Twitter.

The Mets returned to Citi Field on Friday night for their first game after the All-Star Break against the San Diego Padres, and their General Manager Billy Eppler got a head start on the All-Star Break by acquiring infielder Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed pitcher Colin Holderman.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Yankees 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft Report

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees drafted 20 players in the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft, which was completed from Sunday to Tuesday. Right-handed pitchers were the lion's share of who the Yankees drafted, with 13 of them, and then two left-handed pitchers were selected, as were three outfielders, a shortstop, and a third baseman.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Mets Draft 10 Players On Third Day Of MLB Draft


Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.

The third round of the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft was on Tuesday, and the Mets selected ten players in rounds 11-20. 

Monday, July 18, 2022

Mets MLB Draft Day 2 Summary


Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.

The second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft was on Monday, and the Mets selected eight players in rounds 3-10. The Mets selected pitcher Brandon Sproat in the third round, third baseman Jacob Reimer in the fourth round, shortstop D'Andre Smith in the fifth, pitcher Tyler Stuart in the sixth, pitcher Jonah Tong in the seventh round, pitcher Dylan Tebrake in the eighth, third baseman Chuck Estep in the ninth, and pitcher Zebulon Vermillion in the tenth. Bios of these players follows below.

On First Day Of MLB Draft, Mets Select Four Players

Citi Field, with the Tom Seaver Statue in front. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets made four selections on the first day of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft on Sunday night. In the first round, the Mets selected catcher Kevin Parada, who played college baseball at Georgia Tech, with the 11th overall pick, and shortstop Jett Williams with the 14th pick from Rockwell-Heath High School in Texas. In the second round they chose Blade Tidwell, a right-handed pitcher from Tennessee, with the 52nd overall pick, and Nick Morabito, an outfielder who went to Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC, in the second round compensation with the 75th overall pick.

Yankees Select Two Players on First Day Of MLB Draft


The view from center field at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The 2022 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place on Sunday night, and the Yankees selected a pair of players in the first two rounds. Outfielder Spencer Jones, who played at Vanderbilt University, was drafted with their first-round selection, which was the 25th overall pick, and right-handed pitcher Drew Thorpe was selected with the 61st pick, and he went to Cal Poly.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Yankees Close Historic First Half With An Exclamation Point

Matt Carpenter. @Yankees Twitter.

The Yankees closed the first half on a very positive note, with a 13-2 thumping of the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium to take two out of three in their weekend series, after a 14-1 win on Saturday night.

The Bronx Bombers go into the All-Star break with a record of 64-28, best in Major League Baseball.

Mets Maintain NL East Edge With Big Road Trip To Close First Half


Mets pitcher Yoan Lopez (44) with Tomas Nido after he closed out Saturday night's win in Chicago. @Mets Twitter.

The Mets enter the All-Star break in first place in the National League East, where they have been all season. The Mets (58-35) take a 2 1/2 game lead over Atlanta (56-38) after they took five out of seven games on the road - two out of three over the Braves in Atlanta and three out of four in Chicago against the Cubs.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Boston Wins Classic Battle Over Yankees At Stadium


The Red Sox celebrate their big win over the Yankees, as catcher Christian Vazquez has his arms raised at the mound. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Boston Red Sox won a classic from the Yankees on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, 5-4, in 11 innings. It was a game in which the Yankees had plenty of chances to win it, and Boston won it as Xander Bogaerts made the gutsy play to run home on a wild pitch, and that turned into the winning run.

Yankees Hit First Bump In The Road As They Host Sox To Close Out First Half

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees open a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Friday night to close out what has been a superb first half in The Bronx.

Yankees HOPE Week Day 5: Dan Reischel's 162 Games of Catch


Dan Reischel throwing a ball to Aaron Judge, as he and his father, Frank, have a catch with the Yankees center fielder. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Friday afternoon, Yankees HOPE Week concluded with the Bronx Bombers honoring Dan Reischel at Yankee Stadium, as he completed his journey of playing 162 games of catch to combat the isolation that permeated the depths of the pandemic.

Yankees HOPE Week Day 4: You Gotta Believe


Yankees Senior Vice President & General Manager Brian Cashman speaks with YGB Executive Director Jennifer Pinder. Provided by New York Yankees.

On Thursday, the fourth day of Yankees HOPE Week, the team honored You Gotta Believe, a nonprofit that works to find permanent families for young people aging out of foster care so that they have the support system they need to live safely and reach their highest potential.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Yankees Bring Back Tyler Wade

The view of Yankee Stadium from behind third base on Tuesday. Photo by Jason Schott

The Yankees announced on Thursday that they have brought back infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade in a trade with the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Yankees HOPE Week Day 3: Letters of Hope for Ukraine


Provided by New York Yankees.

On the third day of Yankees HOPE Week, on Wednesday, the team honored Adam Israel and his Letters of Hope for Ukraine initiative, which began in March after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and he has delivered handwritten letters of hope and encouragement to displaced Ukrainian refugees in Poland and at the Ukraine border.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Mets Make Major Statement In Atlanta

Chris Bassitt in his start on Wednesday. @Mets on Twitter.

The Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 7-3, on Wednesday afternoon to take two of three in their critical three-game series at Truist Park and improve their record to 55-34, and they increased their lead over Atlanta (53-37) to 2 1/2 games in the National League East race.

Yankees HOPE Week Day 2: NYPD Blue Chips Mentoring Initiative

NYPD Lieutenant Michael Almonte, NYPD Police Officer Darnell  Gatling, and mentee Serenity Brown throwing out the first pitch on Tuesday night. Provided by New York Yankees.

On the second day of Yankees HOPE Week, the team honored Blue Chips, and NYPD co-ed youth mentoring and sports program that focuses on bridging the gap between police officers and young people throughout New York City, using sports and education to create stronger bonds.

Cole Was Spectacular, But Cincinnati Stuns Yankees In 9th


Gerrit Cole pitching to Jonathan India in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole had one of his best starts of the season and appeared well on his way to victory, but the Cincinnati Reds put up four runs in the ninth inning to win 4-3 on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Yankees To Send A Super Six To All-Star Game

Giancarlo Stanton taking cuts in the batting cage as Aaron Judge and Manager Aaron Boone look on. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees, who have raced out to the best record in baseball at 61-25 through Sunday and are on a historic pace, will send a contingent of six players to the All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July, 19 - outfielders Aaron judge and Giancarlo Stanton, who are both will starters; and starting pitchers Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes, closer Clay Holmes, and catcher Jose Trevino.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone was asked about the Yankees sending six players, the most of any team in baseball, in his pregame press conference on Tuesday, and he said,"It's fitting, with how they've played as a team, but obviously, those individuals, an even a couple other guys that I think you could make a pretty strong case certainly for at least consideration, but yeah it's a testament to how just well all those guys have played, and excited to see those guys go represent us in LA next week. It should be a lot of fun for them."

It will be the first All-Star Game for three of the Yankees selected: Cortes, Holmes, and Trevino. It is the fifth time for both Cole and Stanton, and the fourth appearance for Judge. 

It is just the third time in the last 18 seasons, dating back to 2005, that the Yankees have had at least six All-Stars, with the other two instances being 2010 and 2011, when they sent eight. In 2010, they were defending World Champions.

For Judge and Stanton, it is the first time a pair of Yankee outfielders were elected starters together since Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson in 1988.

Holmes' selection means the Yankees have sent a relief pitcher to each of the last eight ALl-Start Games, going back to 2013, and 12 of the last 13 All-Star Games, dating to 2008, when it was at old Yankee Stadium.

The stats these six have put up have been unbelievable, starting with Judge, who could test the Yankee team record (what some still view as the legitimate Major League Baseball record) of 61 home runs in a season set by Roger Maris. Through Sunday's action, in 83 games played, Judge has 30 home runs and 65 RBI, to go along with a .283 average, .361 on-base percentage, .601 slugging percentage, and a .971 OPS (on-base plus slugging).

Stanton is putting together his best season in New York, as he has 22 home runs and 56 RBI, and has a slash line of .236/.320/.512/.832.

Trevino, who was acquired by the Yankees just before the season started, has ascended to be the starting catcher because he is just as good defensively as Kyle Higashioka, but he has some pop in the bat, as he is hitting .261, with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 58 games.

Cole is the ace of what has turned into a stellar rotation, and he has pitched like it, as he has a record of 8-2 with a 3.26 earned run average (ERA), 124 strikeouts and just 29 walks in 99 1/3 innings,  heading into his start against Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

Cortes, known as Nasty Nestor for his filthy offspeed stuff, became a phenomenon early in the season, as he came out of nowhere to start the season 5-1 into early June, and his record now is 7-3 with a superb 2.47 ERA, and 95 strikeouts and 21 walks in 88 2/3 innings.

Holmes, who established himself as one of the best relievers in baseball, was promoted to closer in late May when Aroldis Chapman was sidelined due to injury. Although, he was so good, he might have gotten the job anyway. Holmes, known for his devastating sinker, has notched 18 saves on the season, and 40 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. He has a a record of 4-0 with an 0/46 ERA, mostly in part from when he set a team record by not allowing a run in a team-record 29 straight appearances from April 9 through June 18, in which he threw 31 innings.

A Look At Keith Hernandez's Final Season With The 1990 Cleveland Indians


Keith Hernandez (right) with Gary Cohen at the recent screening of his SNY documentary. Photo by Jason Schott.

Keith Hernandez's number 17 was retired by the Mets on Saturday at Citi Field, in honor of the stellar run he had in New York from 1983 to 1989, in which he he led them in the best era in their history, which included the 1986 World Championship.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Yankees HOPE Week Day 1: Landis Sims & the Challenged Athletes Foundation


Landis Sims, Yankees players and coaches, and athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Photo provided by the New York Yankees.

The Yankees HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) started on Monday at Yankee Stadium. This is the 13th edition of a week-long community program that gives recognition to remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities

Mets Send Four To All-Star Game, Including RBI Leader Alonso


Pete Alonso at bat on June 20 against the Miami Marlins. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets, who have had one of the best records in Major League Baseball for most of the season, will be sending four players to the All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 19 - first baseman Pete Alonso, second baseman Jeff McNeil, right fielder Starling Marte, and closer Edwin Diaz. It is the second All-Star appearance for all four players.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 83-86


From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team, which won 114 games in the regular season.

Through 86 Games:

Walker Dominates Once Again, But It’s Not Enough As Marlins Take It In Extras


Taijuan Walker reacts after closing out his superb performance. @Mets.

The Mets suffered a tough loss on Sunday afternoon, 2-0 in 10 innings to the Miami Marlins, who split the four-game series.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Mets Walk It Off Against Messy Marlins To Cap Keith Hernandez's Day


Pete Alonso was wearing the stirrups in honor of Keith Hernandez. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 5-4, with a walk-off win in 10 innings on Saturday evening at Citi Field to cap off a day that began with Keith Hernandez having his number 17 retired. The Mets improved to 53-32, and maintain their 2 1/2 game edge over the Atlanta Braves (51-35), who were 4-3 winners over the Washington Nationals. The Mets head to Atlanta for the first time this season on Monday to start a three-game series.

Keith Hernandez Number Retired: Read What #17 Said In His Speech


Keith Hernandez being presented a mural made up of his baseball cards. Photo by Jason Schott.

Keith Hernandez's number 17 was retired by the Mets in a pregame ceremony before their game on Saturday afternoon against the Miami Marlins. It was a full house at Citi Field, and some of Keith's former teammates, including Tim Teufel and Mookie Wilson, owner Steve Cohen, legendary catcher Mike Piazza, and members of his family, including his brother, Gary, were on hand for the special occasion

Baltimore Orioles, A Playoff Contender, One Of The Best Stories Of Baseball


Trey Mancini is mobbed by his teammates after his game-winning hit on Friday night. @Orioles.

When the Yankees beat the Boston Red So, 12-5, on Friday night for their second win in a row at Fenway Park, they opened up an incredible 15 1/2 game lead in the American League East. 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Mets Outlasted By Marlins As Offense Returns To Form


Garrett Cooper approaching the plate on his eighth-inning home run. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets suffered a brutal loss to the Miami Marlins, 5-2, on Friday night at Citi Field, as their offense had no follow-through after they put up 10 runs in the series opener on Thursday night on their way to a 10-0 victory. It was just Miami’s third win in nine games against the Mets this season.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Mets Continue Mastery Of Marlins, With Power From Davis & Dominant Pitching

J.D. Davis was greeted by Jeff McNeil after crossing the plate on his grand slam. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets rolled to a 10-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night at Citi Field to open their four-game series, as they got tremendous pitching from Trevor Williams and J.D. Davis had a big night at the plate. 

This was the Mets' sixth win in eight games against the Marlins this season, with all of those since June 17. More importantly, the Mets (52-31) gained a game on the Atlanta Braves (49-35), who lost to the St. Louis Cardinals (45-40), in the National League East race, increasing their lead to 3 1/2 games.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 81 & 82


Andy Pettitte.

From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team, which won 114 games in the regular season.

Through 82 Games:

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Scherzer Looks Like His Old Self In Return, But Mets Have Familiar Result

Max Scherzer. Wikimedia commons.

Mets ace Max Scherzer made his return on Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, and he threw six shutout innings, but the Mets went on to lose, 1-0. Since the Atlanta Braves (48-34) beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-1, the Mets' (50-31) lead in the National League East was trimmed back to 2 1/2 games.

Yankees 1998 Tracker: Games 78, 79, 80


Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez.

From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team, which won 114 games in the regular season.

Through 80 Games:

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Mets Take Care Of Texas To Win Series, & A Historic Win For Buck


Carlos Carrasco pitching to Jonah Heim in the second inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets beat the Texas Rangers, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, as they got a great start from Carlos Carrasco, and a couple of home runs from Starling Marte and Eduardo Escobar. 

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Texas Trounces Mets As Braves Keep Inching Closer In Division


Kole Calhoun approaching the plate on his second inning home run. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Texas Rangers beat the Mets, 7-3, on Saturday afternoon, as they got four home runs, including two from Kole Calhoun, and tremendous pitching from Martin Perez. The Mets fell to 48-30, and they saw their National League East lead decline to just 2 1/2 games as the Atlanta Braves improved to 46-33 with a 4-1 win in Cincinnati.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Mets Use 4-Run 4th To Run Past Rangers


David Peterson, with his big windup, firing a pitch to Adolis Garcia. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets beat the Texas Rangers, 4-3,  on Friday night at Citi Field to start of a three-game holiday weekend series. The Mets improved to 48-29, and maintain their 3 1/2 game edge over the Atlanta Braves (45-33), who won 9-1 in Cincinnati.

Astros Astounded Against New York Teams


Houston's Justin Verlander pitching to Aaron judge of the Yankees on Friday, June 24. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Houston Astros capped off their week against the New York teams with a 2-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday evening in Houston, in which they won seven out of nine games. They won three of the five games against the Yankees, including a split of the four in New York last weekend, and won all four against the Mets, played in a pair of two-game sets in each city. The most notable things in the run were the combined no-hitter they had against the Yankees last Saturday, and Justin Verlander notching a pair of victories at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.