Yankees @ Mets Series Preview

There was a time when this series generated enough electricity in the city to power it for the next decade. There's still some electricity, but now it's more likely to just power it for a couple of weeks. Both teams have been decidely pedestrian this year, but the Mets have made things a little more interesting in the past week by picking up their game some after the firing of Steve Phillips and the calling up of wunderkind Jose Reyes.

The Yankes have struggled of late, withering under the intense glare of owner George Steinbrenner and have been lacking the swagger that they have had since 1998. They had to play some extra innings against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, a team they normally would have chewed up and spit out in the past.

The Mets do have to be careful though, as Jason Giambi's bat has shown signs of waking up from its season-long slumber, and the duo of Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano still are dangerous, though Jeter's average has been decidely un-Jeterlike (.247). The is also a sense of relief at their not having to worry about Roger Clemens trying to win his 300th game against the Mets.

The Mets have had some timely hitting and pitching of late, with Cliff Floyd and Jeromy Burnitz hitting well, and Reyes has been proving he can hit major league pitching. They also have two of their most consistent pitchers of late in Steve Trachsel and Jae Seo going. Tom Glavine has also seen some of these Yankee hitters in the past.

Without further ado, here are the pitching match-ups:

Game One: Mike Mussina (9-4) Vs. Steve Trachsel (5-4)

This could be a dream or nightmare game between two very intelligent but also methodical pitchers. Both pitchers work slowly when runners are on base, with Mussina especially taking his time, doing a deep back bend before every pitch.

Consistently labeled as one of the smartest pitchers in the game, Mussina has also been labeled as one of the most inconsistent. "The most talented pitcher to never win 20 games" has been the most-used phrase about Mussina. Every year he starts off well, but fades at the end of the season. He looks to have about 11 wins by the All-Star Break. Will this be the year he wins 20 ? Trachsel, who is definitely no threat to win 20 games this year will try to keep the Mets in the game and hope that the Mets hitters get to Mussina.

Game Two: Tom Glavine (5-7) Vs. Jeff Weaver (or Sterling Hitchcock) (3-6)

If there's ever a chance for Glavine to get another victory in his march towards 300 wins, this is it if Joe Torre keeps Weaver in the rotation. Weaver has been throwing temper tantrums while opponents have been hitting his pitches as if they are taking batting practice. This attitude is wearing thin on the normally placid Joe Torre ( it doesn't help that Torre's aura of invincibility has been punctured by Steinbrenner of late). Will Torre remain patient with Weaver or will he put Sterling Hitchcock in the rotation instead? Glavine is going to have to be extra careful with his location of pitches this game as the Yankee line-up as capable of tattooing any pitcher's mistake.

Game Three: Jae Seo (5-2) Vs. David Wells (9-2)

Wells ignited a firestorm of controversy this spring with his autobiography, titled "Perfect I'm Not." In it he recounted where he supposedly threw his no-hitter half-drunk and other outrageous things. He was fined for damaging the Yankees image. Since then, he's been near perfect, winning 9 games and has been one of the Yankees most consistent pitchers. Seo has also been a very consistent pitcher of late, going deep into each start. The Mets will be monitoring him carefully though, as he left his last start with a split fingernail on his hand. Wells should certainly be sober during this game.

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