The New York Mets will play their next game on the road, although they only have to travel 10 miles. The New York Yankees will host the Mets for the 18th annual Subway Series beginning Monday night at 7:05 at Yankee Stadium. This years games will feature five players who have donned pinstripes for both teams; Kyle Farnsworth, Bartolo Colon, Bobby Abreu, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Beltran.
Colon will faceoff with Yankee starter, Hiroki Kuroda for the first meeting between the cross town rivals this season. Colon who signed a two year $20 million deal with the Mets as a free agent, currently sports a 2-5 record with a 5.36 ERA. Colon who will turn 41 on May 24th, has compiled a 2.65 ERA with 28 strikeouts in five of his seven starts for the Mets. Kuroda comes into the series with a 2-3 record and a 4.43 ERA. Kuroda has only allowed four runs or less in six of his seven starts this year.
There is always a certain amount of anticipation when the two New York teams square off each season. "I think it will be a fun four days coming up," said New York Mets manager, Terry Collins. The teams will face each other for two games on Monday and Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees will then travel the 10 miles to Citi Field to continue the series on Wednesday and Thursday. The Mets swept the Yankees last season 4-0 as the four game Subway Series made its inaugural debut. Since the opener in the 1997 season, the Yankees have compiled a 54-40 record over the Mets.
Although these are regular season games, both players and managers feel an air of excitement when the two teams meet. "I think people get very excited about it," said New York Yankees manager, Joe Girardi. "I think sometimes people might consider the intensity level to be higher where people are in the standings. But when you get in the ballpark, it's pretty intense."
"It's a fun atmosphere," said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. "The fans get into it, therefore it's exciting for us as players. So we look forward to it. It's a good time."
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