New York Magazine

Games: Will Leitch

Everything Must Go Even crabby New York sports fans have learned to love the fire sale and embrace losing (for one season, anyway).

ON JULY 26, the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 6-3 to reach a season-high four games over .500 and sneak within four games of the Boston Red Sox for one of the American League wild-card spots. That same night, the Mets won the second game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals to go seven games over .500 and within four-and-a-half games of the first-place Washington Nationals. The two teams were roughly in the same spot in the standings. For one of the few times in their history, the Yanks and Mets were right next to each other.

Then, like it always seems to in baseball, it turned, just like that—each team lost its next four games. Their timing was impeccable. The losses ran right up to the August 1 trade deadline, the unofficial inflection point for

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