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Subway Series Comes at Interesting Time for New York Mets

May 12th, 2014 at 8:59 AM
By Mike Phillips

After snapping their five game winning streak yesterday, the New York Mets don't even get a day off to celebrate their victory. The Mets now have to jump into the four most intense games of the regular season for their fans, the Subway Series. The Mets and Yankees renew acquaintances this week, beginning tonight at 7:05 pm. The first two games of this year's Subway Series will be at Yankee Stadium, while the last two will be at Citi Field. 

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Here are the pitching matchups for this series:

Monday: Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.36 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.43 ERA)

Tuesday: Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.35 ERA) vs. Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47 ERA)

Wednesday: Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.06 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (5-0, 2.57 ERA)

Thursday: Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73 ERA) vs. TBA

There are two unknown factors at this point. The Mets have tentatively penciled in Jenrry Mejia for Wednesday, but manager Terry Collins admitted over the weekend that the Mets may replace him in the rotation soon. The Yankees also don't have a starter announced yet for Thursday after they placed C.C. Sabathia on the disabled list with knee pain. The Yankees appear poised to use long man Alfredo Aceves to take that start, but it has not been announced yet.

Fortunately for the Mets, the Yankees only have the clear edge on the mound in one game, Tanaka's start on Wednesday. The matchup tonight between Colon and Kuroda appears to be a tossup, and the Mets figure to have a slight edge in Wheeler and Gee's starts. 

Offensively, the Yankees aren't as strong as they have been in the past. Free agent import Jacoby Ellsbury has done his part (.306, 1 HR, 14 RBI's, 10 SB), but they haven't been getting much from former Met Carlos Beltran (.240, 5, 15). Mark Teixeira leads the Yankees with seven homers, but is hitting only .250. Derek Jeter has also shown his age in his final season, hitting only .250 with 1 home run and seven RBI's. The Yankees have gotten some surprise production from rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte (.315, 2, 20) but clearly miss departed second baseman Robinson Cano. 

The Yankees enter this series at 19-17, and are only two games better than the Mets in 2014. The Mets have an opportunity here to build off the momentum of their walkoff win Sunday and win the series again. The Mets swept the Subway Series last season, leaving the Yankees eager to get some payback this time around. Either way, the next four days will be very interesting as both local teams get an opportunity to see how they measure up with each other.

Tags: Baseball, Carlos Beltran, Derek Jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Subway Series, Yangervis Solarte, Yankees

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