Yankees-Mets Series Preview
The Subway Series is here again. This of course is more for the fans and the media, but there are some terrific New York baseball storylines to this one. First thing is first. The Yanks come fresh off an impressive series win in Tampa Bay, where they seem to never win games. The Mets continue to be a disaster, losing a series to Atlanta and getting no consistent hitting or depth in the starting rotation. Don’t forget, these two teams play two at Citi Field and then hit the Bronx for two at Yankee Stadium in this quirky four-game set. Here is a Subway Series preview.Players to watch: Mariano Rivera and Matt Harvey (pictured above). Harvey makes his debut against the Yankees. How will he handle the spotlight and this whole Subway Series thing? Probably just fine. This is the final time Mariano Rivera will face the Mets in Queens and in the Bronx. Remember, because of the unbalanced schedule which started this year, these teams don’t have split Subway Series games in different parts of the season. So this is it.
PItching match-ups: Monday: Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.51) vs. Jonathan Niese (3-5, 4.80). Tuesday: Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67) vs. Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.93). Wednesday: Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76) vs. David Phelps (3-2, 3.96). Thursday: Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34) vs. Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93).
Prediction: Yankees win three of four. The Yanks have the edge in every department, but the Mets have one saving grace in this series, Matt Harvey. The Yanks have won 11 of the last 14 against their cross-city rival. If the Mets don’t start hitting in this series, they could get swept.
By: Mike Lindsley, “Mid-Day with Mike,” 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.