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Yankees, Mets reach Subway Series facing similar issues

By the end of May, the Yankees were 40-19 and the best team in the American League, playing flawlessly. Their starting pitching was the best in baseball. Their offensive line featured two MVP candidates. Clay Holmes had a 1.48 ERA.

The Yankees (52-28) still sit atop the AL East and will probably be OK, but several injuries and poor performances this month have raised some questions about the team’s viability, especially in October.

By the end of May, the Mets were the third-worst team in the entire National League at 24-33 and seemed flawed in every way. Their starting pitchers couldn’t pitch for long periods of time, and the problem spilled over to their relief pitchers. Their core of position players — Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor — were all hitting well below par. Brett Beatty was playing third base every day but didn’t look like one.

The Mets (37-39) aren’t in the playoff running yet, but they’re one game out of the wild card and aren’t a surefire option to sell players at the trade deadline. The Mets’ offense has been the best in baseball going into June, featuring new everyday third baseman Mark Vientos. Their pitching staff has been mostly solid (at least it was before Edwin Diaz was ejected after an eventful bottom of the ninth on Sunday), and they’ve won 13 of 17 games.