Comparing the current state of the Mets and Yankees

mets-yanks-logoSince Derek Jeter has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season, there have been conversations comparing the Yankees great shortstop to Mets’ third-baseman David Wright. Comparing one of the best shortstops of all-time who has his whole career behind him to a great third baseman who still has 10 years of playing time ahead of him, is not fair. However, it is fair to compare the current state of the Yankees to the current state of the Mets.

The Yankees are projected to have a better 2014 season than the Mets. According PECOTA, the Yankees are projected to have a record of 82-80, while the system projects the Mets to have a record of 73-89. This was expected considering that the Yankees acquired Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka, while the Mets could only respond with the signings of Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, and Bartolo Colon. The Mets just simply could not/did not compete with the Yankees this off-season, and as a result they’re not going to be competing for a playoff spot like the Yankees likely will be this season.

The Yankees are clearly the better team this year, however they also come with some baggage. They are a good team, but a good team that has a lineup with an average age of of a little more than 33 years. This is the problem with signing a lot of players who are either approaching their thirties or on the wrong side of thirty; you eventually end up with an AARP roster. That was a little harsh, but the Yankees are clearly an old team. This is where the Mets have an advantage over the Yankees: youth. The average age of the Mets roster is a little over 27.

Having young players means that it is going to take time for them to develop, however once they come into fruition the product is good for a very long time. The Mets farm system has a well of young talent between Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, and Kevin Plawecki. This is probably why Keith Law ranked the Mets farm system as the sixth best in the league. Meanwhile, the Yankees have some interesting prospects in Gary Sanchez, J.R. Murphy, and Eric Jagielo. These prospects have some upside, however not the same upside that the Mets prospects have. This is why Keith Law ranked the Yankees’ farm system 20th in the league. It’s surprising to see that the Yankees have fallen so far behind in player development, given that this is the team that produced Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Robinson Cano.

Overall, the Yankees have the Mets beat for this season, and probably in 2015 too. However, the Mets have the higher ground when it comes to young players, and when the Yankees roster is full of players that are breaking down and aging, the Mets’ young players will just be getting started.

5 comments for “Comparing the current state of the Mets and Yankees

  1. Jim OMalley
    February 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    It would be interesting if the Mets and the Yankees worked out an agreement for Ike Davis or Duda to help insure against more Teixeira injury issues.

  2. Chance2
    February 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    “…and as a result they’re not going to be competing for a playoff spot…this season.”

    I beg your pardon?  How about at least putting “in my opinion” in there.

  3. February 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Spencer how do you know the Mets kids will come to fruition? You state when they come to fruition they the Mets will be a better team. So many questions and hurdles for the kids to overcome. Look what happened to Harvey. To me if you had said “If” leaving room for injuries would seem more reasonable.

  4. Metsense
    February 16, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    If the Yankees win only 82 games then it was way too much money to spend to be mediocre.
    if Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard pitch to their potential then not only will the Mets be competitive in 2015 they should be dominant. Great pitching heals many sins.
    If the Mets get 73 wins as projected they will have performed, IMO, as expected.

  5. TexasGusCC
    February 17, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Articles that compare the Mets to the Yankees are ridiculous. More ridiculous is patting ourselves on the back for having “a better future” because of the farm system because while the Yankees have won a ton more than the Mets lately, before that, and forever, the Yankees have shown a commitment, yes commitment, to winning the Mets fans can only dream about. And don’t think the Mets will resign these kids we will “hopefully” bloom and we will fall in love with, because when they go free agency, but rather, bye bye.

    Yankees vs. Mets? Seriously?

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