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As I said before, the Yankees have been able to climb the standings a little bit due to their recent winning streak (it's remarkable how often those two coincide). However one thing that will be key in continuing their winning ways is momentum.
If the Yankees can continue this momentum into their upcoming series with the crosstown rival Mets, they will have sustained success over more than what someone might call a hot streak and they will have beaten a bitter rival who is having a nice season of their own.
Despite early predictions that this year's Mets team would be little more than hopeless, the Mets have stormed out to a 27-21 start to the season, with only the even more shocking Nationals (more on them in a moment) sitting in front of them atop the National League East.
The Mets have enjoyed a strong start to the season by a number of their starting pitchers. Starters Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey, Jonathon Niese, and Dillon Gee, have accumulated a 3.76 ERA over 230.2 innings pitched over 38 starts, according to FOXSports.com. That means that these four pitchers are averaging just over six innings a start and when you get consistent quality starts from the majority of your rotation, it makes winning that much easier.
The Yankees will need to win this series if they want to begin the summer on a high note. The Mets have shown that they are a far better team than anyone anticipated they would be and to take a series from them to kick off the summer would be a huge boost for the Bombers.