The intra-league portion of Rivalry Week is over, and it didn’t exactly go great for the Mets and Yankees, who went a combined 1–5 against the Phillies and Red Sox, both of whom are now in first place. It’s only June, of course, so sitting atop the division isn’t particularly important now, but losing to a rival still stings no matter the month. At least, with the season’s first Subway Series beginning tonight, we know one of them will have to win a series this weekend, if only by default.
The Mets last night lost on a three-run home run in the tenth inning by Raul Ibanez (who would very much like you to know he’s not on steroids), and because it had been literally days since anyone on the team was injured, John Maine was placed on the fifteen-day DL with shoulder weakness.
And then there’s the Yankees, who despite taking a 3–1 lead into the eighth thanks to a two-run Alex Rodriguez double, lost to the Sox 4–3. CC Sabathia took the loss, but he wasn’t helped out by Alfredo Aceves, who allowed two inherited runners to score to complete Boston’s comeback. If you’re keeping count, the Yankees have now lost all eight games against the Red Sox this year. But like we said, one of these teams is going to win a series this weekend, against the closest thing to a rival you’ll find in the opposite league. Of course, this also means the other one is going to lose, again.