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MLB - US Sports: Can the Mets or Yankees end New York's World Series drought?

The New York Mets and the New York Yankees are on the cusp of reaching the playoffs at present, although both are having a wobble at the moment.

The Yankees are close to a series defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays, while the Mets are under pressure to beat the Philadelphia Phillies as the Atlanta Braves have reduced the gap in the National League East Division.

Why the blip for the Yankees?

The Yankees are 23/4 to win the World Series after the recent blip which has got team manager Aaron Boone rattled.

Following the latest defeat to the Blue Jays, a frustrated and angry Boone spoke to the official Yankees website, saying: "We've been asked all these questions and we can answer them until we're blue in the face. We gotta go out and do it. I gotta quit answering these questions.

"We've got to play better, period, and the great thing is, it's right in front of us. It's right here and we can fix it. We can run away with this thing. We've got the dudes in there to do it. We've got to do it."

The Yankees held a 15 and a half game lead in the American League as recently as early July, but that lead has been reduced to seven games following the Yankees' latest loss.

Their lead in the Division is their smallest since the second week of June. They have a final series game against the Blue Jays on Sunday with three more games to come against the second-placed side in September at Rogers Centre.

Gerrit Cole was Saturday's culprit for the loss with a blowout inning after pitching fine for the first four with the Yankees' defence in fine form behind him.

The Yankees have scored more than three runs just once over their last 11 games and have managed two runs total across Cole's last three starts, all defeats.

The Yankees have lost nine of their last 11 games and as per the Elias Sports Bureau, they have received a sixth straight series loss for the first time since August 1995.

The Yankees have had a really poor August, however they are still in first place in the AL East. They are 25 games over .500, they own the fourth-best winning percentage in baseball and boast the fourth-largest Division lead.

Can the Mets reach the postseason?

The Mets, 17/4 to win the World Series, are having a mini-wobble, certainly not as dramatic as the Yankees.

However, their big 4-1 series loss to the second-placed Atlanta Braves recently was a warning that the Mets will have to continue to play series-winning baseball through the rest of August and September.

The Mets do have a further three-game series with the Braves, but that isn't for another five weeks plus.

Prior to that, they have a two-game match-up at Yankee Stadium with their crosstown rivals, the Yankees. The Mets won the earlier doubleheader at Citi Field.

They then have home series against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals.

Following the home stand, the Mets are on the road to some of the sides who aren't in contention this season, such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs. That is quite a favourable run-in.

The issues that concern the Mets at the moment are the chasing Braves, who are not giving up their quest for a fifth consecutive divisional title just yet.

The Braves targeted the vital series and were dominant over the four games, winning three of them to reduce the Mets lead.

Atlanta has defeated the Houston Astros over two games over the weekend, the Braves are in good form right now.

Additionally to their divisional problems, the Mets have injury concerns. Veteran pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who has been excellent this season, has picked up a left oblique strain against the Braves and will miss around four weeks.

Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker has been scratched from his latest start against the Phillies after experiencing back spasms.

New York's baseball future

Both franchises are in excellent positions to reach the playoffs by winning their divisions. The Yankees and Mets sit in first place currently and have done so for the majority of the season.

The Mets lead of only three games is slightly more concerning than the Yankees' recent form, however considering the Mets' future games, they could be in a position to extend that advantage.

The Yankees have only failed to reach the playoffs once in the past seven seasons and that was the last time the Mets reached the postseason - in 2016.

The last time the Mets and Yankees both played in the playoffs was 2015. The Yankees lost in the AL Wild Card game, while the Mets went all the way to the World Series, losing out to the Kansas City Royals.

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