By Dan Meister, Staff Writer
The 2010 MLB season is brand new and already the Mets and Yankees are showing similar trends to their 2009 seasons. The Mets are 2-5 after getting blowing out by the Rockies in Colorado Tuesday night. The Yankees are 5-2 after surviving a five run ninth inning and beating the L.A. Angles of Anaheim 7-5 Tuesday and it seems the clubs are heading in opposite directions.
The Mets are struggling offensively without their slugging center fielder Carlos Beltran who is injured and not due back in the lineup till early May at the earliest. Conversely, the Yankees are off to a strong start after taking two of three from the Red Sox to start the season. The Yankees are lead by catcher Jorge Posada's .429 batting average and two home runs over the first seven games. Pitcher Andy Pettitte leads the team with a 0.75 earned run average and 10 strikeouts in his one start.
The Mets were hoping to get a boost from the return of shortstop Jose Reyes on Saturday but so far Reyes is batting only 4 for 13 with no home runs, RBI's or stolen bases. Even Mets ace pitcher Johan Santana was shelled for five runs in Sundays loss to the lowly Washington Nationals and with the Mets sitting at the bottom of the National League East already, questions are already starting to be asked. Manager Jerry Manuel and General Manager Omar Minaya are on the hot seat and need for the team to start winning immediately.
With their next 18 games against the Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, L.A. Dodgers and their hated rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets have their work cut out for them and will try to keep their heads above water in the National League East.
The Yankees, on the other hand, play their next 18 games against the Angels, Oakland Athletics, Angels again, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, a much easier schedule. While the season is still young, there is cause for concern in Flushing and reason to rejoice in the Bronx.