It's been 12 years since the New York Mets and New York Yankees squared off in the Subway Series. In that span, both teams have dominated at times, and struggled at times. But it's rare for both New York teams to struggle at the same time. Yet that is the scenario we may be looking at this season.
Just how rare is it for both New York teams to play poorly at the same time? Since the Mets sprang into existence in 1962, the teams have posted losing records in the same season only six times -- 1965, 1966, 1967, 1982, 1991 and 1992. Six times in 51 years: That's a pretty good track record, especially when you consider that the Mets were still mired in their expansion doldrums those first few seasons.
Even when both teams miss the playoffs in the same season, they give you a reason to cheer. The previous time that happened was 2008, when each squad went 89-73 and was in playoff contention until the end of the season. The previous time both teams landed in the bottom half of the league in terms of WAR was 1991, and 2013 has a chance to be that bleak.