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Popular? Mets losing ground to Yankees

Who ya got? Right now, the Big Apple is the Bombers' town. AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek

The data folks at FiveThirtyEight.com put the popularity of the Yankees and Mets under their microscopes. Working off a Quinnipiac poll that said New Yorkers would back the Yankees 59 percent to 37 in a hypothetical Subway Series, FiveThirtyEight tried to go deeper into the data.

But the Mets haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, and the fan base in New York has slowly slid toward the pinstripes. The 22 percentage-point gap in the most recent Quinnipiac survey was the second largest found. The Yankees held their largest lead in the Quinnipiac poll taken about midway through the 1998 season, when it had been 10 years since the Mets made the playoffs.

For each additional year removed from a playoff appearance, the Mets fall by an average of about two more points behind the Yankees in a hypothetical Subway Series.

The message to the Mets is simple: If you want to own the city -- or, at least, a bigger slice -- you have to start winning.