The Yankees are the team of the future, but can they peak early? The Mets are the team of the present, but can they stay healthy?
Mark Teixeira would know better than most.
“Realistically, I think this year is a year figuring out what you have,” the former Yankees first baseman turned ESPN analyst said on a conference call this week. “So you really want to know who the young pitchers on the staff or in the bullpen are, or in the lineup …
“I think the Yankees will be in the race into September because they still have enough talent. They have a very good back end of the bullpen. they have the talent to be there in the race. But if they start falling out, you’re going to see Clint Frazier get called up. You’re going to see Gleyber Torres get called up.”
Before there was Frazier and Torres in the Yankees system, there was Sanchez, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge. The Yankees will be banking on those three young studs to help carry the lineup and makeup for a suspect starting rotation.
For the Mets, talent in the rotation isn’t the question. If Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz can pitch a majority of the season, it is hard not to see the Mets as a strong challenger to the Cubs, Nationals and Dodgers in the National League. But that hope is not off to a good start, with Matz missing the start of the season with elbow discomfort. Harvey, however, showed signs of his old self as spring training went on, and Syndergaard and deGrom dominated from start to finish.
David Ross remembers what it was like going up against that Mets rotation at full strength, when his Cubs were swept by the Mets in the 2015 NLCS.
“You just you don’t get a break,” said the catcher, who retired after winning a World Series last season, and joined Teixeira on the ESPN roster.
“When you have that consistent pitching, you have that consistency of ‘I’ve got a guy that’s going to keep it under three runs.’ Even on a…