NY Baseball Fans Have A Lot To Smile About…For Now!
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John Jastremski hosts "JJ After Dark" on WFAN & CBS Sports Radio. You can listen to his show 2-6 AM Sunday & Monday morning on WFAN, and Monday evening 6-10 PM on CBS Sports Radio.
John Jastremski hosts "JJ After Dark" on WFAN & CBS Sports Radio. You can listen to his show 2-6 AM Sunday & Monday morning on WFAN, and Monday evening 6-10 PM on CBS Sports Radio.
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All right, raise your hand if you thought that come the middle of June we as New York baseball fans would have two first place teams on our hands?

Didn’t think so!

Two months and change into the 2015 season and there’s certainly still a lot to learn about the Yankees and the Mets, but there’s certainly a lot to like at the moment.

The Yankees had the lowest expectations I can remember in quite some time coming into the year - and rightfully so. The Core Four had faded away into the sunset, there was much uncertainty about the age, the durability and the health of the 2015 squad and, simply put, the team had a lot to prove.

The Yankees have been out of the playoffs for the last two years, many of the familiar faces said goodbye, and you had plenty reasons to be pessimistic heading into 2015.

I think every Yankee fan would have signed for being a first-place team in the AL East in the middle of June and here we are.

The team has re-discovered their power stroke thanks to the career revivals of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Texixera. The injury questions surrounding the top of the rotation have been answered rather positively with the way Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda have pitched, featuring perhaps one of the best 1-2 punches in the AL.

Throw in the fact that when Andrew Miller returns from the disabled list, he and Dellin Betances may be the best backend of the bullpen in baseball.

The Yankees have a lot going for them in what has looked like a very mediocre American League East.

Yes, the Blue Jays have put together a double-digit winning streak, but they have issues with their starting pitching. The Orioles with Buck Showalter and that lineup are always a threat, but it’s not the same Orioles team from a season ago. The Rays have done a wonderful job, but I don’t believe their success is sustainable, and the Red Sox, well, are the definition of a dumpster fire.

In the middle of June, Yankees fans can say to themselves. Why not us in the AL East!

On the other side of town, the New York Mets may lack punch within their every day lineup, but they certainly bring the fire with their starting rotation.

Even with the struggles of Matt Harvey, and yes don’t worry folks he will be A-OK, think about how this rotation has come of age.

Jacob deGrom, last year’s NL Rookie of the Year, seems to be underrated by many NY baseball fans, but in reality he may be just as good as Harvey.

You throw in flame-throwing rookie Noah Syndergard with savvy veteran Bartolo Colon and you’ve gotta be oozing confidence with that starting staff.

It could even get better!

Once phenom Stephen Matz gets called up to the big leagues, there’s no doubt in my mind the Mets will have one of the best rotations in baseball.

It’s up to GM Sandy Alderson and ownership to bring in the necessary veteran bat or two to make this team relevant come August and September.

With the struggles of the Washington Nationals, I have every reason to believe this team can remain relevant throughout the pennant race.

Sure, both NY teams are far from perfect. The Yankees are still old, the Mets still have their issues offensively, but considering the mediocre nature of baseball, maybe it’s time to believe?
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