When the two New York baseball teams met in May for their first taste of Interleague play, one team was struggling to live up to their lofty expectations and the other was struggling just to win baseball games.
Now, it’s a new month, and two vastly different, competitive teams will take the field. Add to the mix that it’s 4th of July weekend and sparks are sure to fly at Citi Field this weekend.
It’s the New York Yankees. It’s the New York Mets. Subway Series Part 2, and this time the
sequel will definitely be better.
"I think there's a lot of excitement no matter what when these two teams get together," said
Yankees manager Joe Girardi of the inherent interest in the Subway Series. "The Mets have really been swinging the bat and playing well, there's no doubt about it. It's an exciting time for
New York, and I think we all look forward to it."
The Yankees are coming into the series as one of the hottest teams in baseball. They are 15 4 in their last 19 games and are riding a 5 game win streak, their best of the season. The Mets
meanwhile, before being stifled by Detroit’s phenom Justin Verlander, had been the most
explosive offense in the Majors.
The Mets have been relying on hits and speed to propel them to victory and have been led by
the electrifying shortstop Jose Reyes who leads the National league in Hits, Batting Average, Stolen Bases, and Triples. The Yankees meanwhile counter with brute force as they lead the Majors, by far, in home runs. Leading the charge for them have been sluggers Mark Teixeira
and Curtis Granderson.
It’s New York vs. New York, speed vs. power, Mets vs. Yankees.
Probable Pitchers:July 1st, 7:10 PM ETIvan Nova (7-4, 4.26 ERA) – After a sparkling outing against Cincinnati in which he lasted 8 innings, Nova was just mediocre against Colorado when he lasted 6 innings and gave up 4 runs.
He is 2-0 with a 4.12 ERA in his last 3 starts.
John Niese (7-6, 3.67 ERA) – Niese had to leave his last start early due to a rapid heartbeat. He is expected to be fine for tonight however, as he enters 2-1 with a 4.50 in his last 3 starts.
July 2nd, 4:10 PM ETBartolo Colon (5-3, 3.10 ERA) – Colon was pitching like his old Cy Young self before injuring his calf covering first on a defensive play. The injury interrupted his 3 game win streak and landed him on the 15-Day DL. His leg will be tested early as he faces a fast, resilient Mets team and will also have to deal with batting.
Dillon Gee (8-1, 3.32 ERA) – Gee was able to stop the high-powered Texas Rangers offense in his last outing and the league’s leader in winning percentage (.888) looks to do the same on Saturday. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his last 3 starts.
July 3rd, 1:10 PM ETFreddy Garcia (7-6, 3.28 ERA) – Garcia had another solid outing in his last start as he only gave up 2 runs over 6 innings. The soft-tossing Garcia has not let up a home run in 4 starts – his longest streak since 2002.
R.A. Dickey (4-7, 3.77 ERA) – Dickey got the lone win for the Mets in their first Subway Series matchup. He is 1-0 with a 1-0 with a 3.79 ERA in his last 3 starts.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times