The New York Yankees and New York Mets are both entering the
Subway Series on a roll, but in different ways.
The Yankees look to continue their torrid hitting when they
renew their crosstown rivalry with the Mets in the opener of this
three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.
The Yankees (23-19) are trying to win four in a row for the
first time since an eight-game run from Aug. 28-Sept. 4. They’ve
hit .318 with four homers and outscored opponents 23-5 in their
three victories after dropping 10 of 13.
The Yankees were outstanding at the plate again in Thursday’s
13-2 win at Baltimore, collecting 14 hits with eight going for
extra bases, including two homers.
Now, they’ll try to carry that momentum into the first of six
season meetings with the Mets (21-22), who have won nine of 13.
“Being a (former) player, I understand how important (the
matchup) is to the city,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the
team’s official website. “It’s amazing to me. It’s kind of like a
playoff atmosphere to me, because of the senses of all the
The Mets strong play of late is mostly due to a 2.77 staff ERA
that has overcome a .228 batting average. They have posted
consecutive shutouts, including Thursday’s 1-0 victory over
The Mets and Yankees split six meetings last year with each club
taking two of three at home.
“I want them to experience the whole thing,” first-year manager
Terry Collins told the Mets’ official website of the Subway Series.
“I mean, they have to learn how to grow in it. They’ve got to learn
how to see it and deal with it. And I haven’t been a part of it. I
really don’t know what to tell them except ‘Go play.'”
The Mets were a franchise-best 13-5 in interleague play last
year, while the Yankees won 11 of 18 versus the NL – six of nine at
R.A. Dickey (1-5, 5.08) came up big for the Mets against the AL
last season, winning all three of his starts in 2010 behind a 1.29
ERA. However, this will be his first taste of the Subway Series,
and he hasn’t faced the Yankees since a relief appearance with
Minnesota on July 9, 2009.
The right-handed knuckleballer is 0-5 with a 5.76 ERA in eight
games, and he struggled again Saturday, giving up four first-inning
runs and six overall along with and 11 hits – two homers – in 5 1-3
innings of a 7-3 loss at Houston.
“I just need to keep the ball down,” Dickey said. “Having my
knuckleball have that late movement on it I think will really
combat a lot of those home runs.”
The Yankees will counter with Freddy Garcia (2-3, 3.22), who has
dropped three of his last four starts with a 4.63 ERA while serving
up six homers.
The right-hander surrendered five runs and two homers in
Sunday’s 7-5 loss to Boston.
He hasn’t faced the Mets since a loss with Philadelphia on April
17, 2007, and he went 2-1 with a 6.55 ERA in four interleague
starts with the Chicago White Sox last year.
Derek Jeter has four hits in two games, and will now try to
extend his 22-game hitting streak at home against the Mets, during
which he’s batting .489 with six homers, 13 RBIs and 23 runs.
Justin Turner has been a surprise for the Mets, batting .400
with four doubles, one homer and 10 RBIs in six games. He’s played
the last three at third for the injured David Wright (back).