Yankees, Mets Subway series programming quirk hurts both of them

The Mets and Yankees will meet six times in this shortened 60-game season, as they are geographic rivals.

That could be good news for fans of the Subway Series, but it’s likely to be bad news for both home teams hoping to make the playoffs, as long as the season goes this far and it’s not forced to close again. due to coronavirus concerns.

Not only do the Yankees and Mets look good, but the quirk of the schedule, confirmed by The Post’s Joel Sherman, will likely work to the benefit of other teams in their respective divisions.

First, the Rays, who may be in a position to fight the Yankees for AL East supremacy, will play the Marlins six times. And the Nationals, coming off their World Series title, will now face the Orioles six times as well.

Meanwhile, the Mets and Yankees are really working together after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a joint travel notice with New Jersey and Connecticut for people traveling to the region from states with a significant spread of the coronavirus community. People arriving from affected states, including Florida, must remain in quarantine for 14 days, but Cuomo said players from the two teams are exempt so they can begin their second spring training in New York on July 1.

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“The Mets and Yankees have contacted Governor Cuomo’s office today and will work with the New York State Department of Health on an ongoing basis to coordinate the return of Florida players to train in New York next week,” the two clubs said in a statement. joint declaration. “Our two teams, as well as the State Health Commissioner, will work under Major League Baseball protocols and guidelines. We are all excited to bring baseball to New York. Thank you, Governor Cuomo. “