June 26, 2009

Yankees-Mets subway series preview

Yankees and Mets fans will take the No. 7 train to Citi Field in the final showdown of the rivalry in this regular season. The Yankees took two out of three at Yankee Stadium (thanks to Luis Castillo’s miscue).

The Yankees offense struggled in the first four games of the road trip, but they reversed their fortune in the past two nights against the Braves. The Yanks trail the Red Sox by four games in the AL East, and lead the Wild Card by a game.

The Mets have been decimated by injuries all year long, but they still sit in second place behind the slumping Phillies in the NL East.

Should be a fun and heated series as both teams are playing well going in. Here are the pitching matchups:

Date Yankees starters Mets starters
Friday CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.71) Mike Pelfrey (5-2, 4.74)
Saturday A.J. Burnett (5-4, 4.24) Tim Redding (1-2, 6.08)
Sunday C.M. Wang (0-6, 11.20) Livan Hernandez (5-2, 4.05)

Tonight’s matchup should be a good one, and possibly the only low-scoring duel of the series. Too bad Johan Santana’s start yesterday wasn’t pushed back a day, because him and CC would have been an awesome matchup.

The Yankees have the clear cut advantage in Saturday’s game. Redding has been awful, and Burnett has looked good recently. Don’t forget what Redding did against the Red Sox a few years ago. It’s pay back time.

Wang has pitched well enough to win in both of his last two starts, but the Yankees provided hardly any run support at all. Sunday’s game is the ESPN Sunday night game, so that should be fun.

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