Two weeks, ago, the New York Yankees began a 10-game winning
streak with a three-game sweep of the New York Mets. After
back-to-back losses, they’ll be looking to begin a new run against
The Yankees bring their potent lineup to Citi Field on Friday
night to face a Mets team that’s on a streak of stellar
The Yankees swept the Mets from June 8-10 in a Subway Series
marked by strong pitching and solid hitting by the team from the
Robinson Cano and Russell Martin each homered twice in the set
as the Yankees went deep eight times in the three games. Yankees
starters Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte – who takes
the mound Friday – posted a 1.86 ERA.
The Yankees (41-27) have won seven of eight against the Mets
“Citi Field’s going to be rocking this weekend,” Yankees first
baseman Mark Teixeira told the team’s official website. “A very
good atmosphere, very good team.”
After sweeping the Mets, the Yankees won their next seven before
dropping the last two games against Atlanta this week, falling 10-5
in the series finale Wednesday.
The Yankees hit four homers, with Cano continuing his onslaught
with his third in four games, but the club gave up five.
The Yankees’ season-long problems with runners in scoring
position continued. After going 2 for 11 in those situations
Tuesday, they put runners on second or third four times Wednesday
and got one hit.
The Yankees are batting .218 with RISP, among the lowest in the
“We’re a club that’s going to score most of our runs by hitting
home runs,” manager Joe Girardi said. “But I believe eventually
it’s going to turn around.”
Pettitte (3-2, 2.77 ERA) will try to help the Yankees avoid
losing three in a row for the first time since May 19-21. The
left-hander gave up two runs in seven innings of a 5-3, 14-inning
win at Washington on Saturday and has a 1.77 ERA in his last three
Pettitte is 8-5 with a 3.66 ERA against the Mets. He gave up
three runs – two earned – in six innings of a 5-4 victory June
Jonathon Niese (4-3, 3.82) opposed Pettitte on June 10 and
allowed two unearned runs in seven innings.
He’ll look to bounce back Friday after giving up four runs and a
three-run homer in seven innings of a 4-1 loss to Cincinnati on
Saturday. The defeat was Niese’s first in six home starts this
Since that so-so effort by the left-hander, the Mets have
embarked on a run of strong pitching outings at Citi Field, posting
a 1.25 ERA in going 3-1 in their last four there.
The Mets swept three games from Baltimore to start the week,
shutting out the Orioles in the first two. Dillon Gee gave up two
runs in 7 1-3 innings to earn a 4-3 victory in the finale
“It’s tough to follow those guys,” said Gee, referring to the
starts of R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana in the opening two games of
the series. “It’s unbelievable what they’ve been doing.”
Mets starting pitchers have a 2.98 ERA at home and have lasted
at least six innings in 12 straight games there.
“I like our rotation a lot,” manager Terry Collins said. “If
they keep getting up this deep into games. … I think we’re going
to be in good shape.”