Subway Series Preview: Mets vs. Yankees

Amazin' Clubhouse previews a clash of New York baseball clubs as the Mets welcome the Bronx Bombers to Citi Field.

The Subway Series is back! Cross-borough rivals in the Mets (54-50) and Yankees (52-52) will split a four-game set starting at Citi Field to see who is the best in New York. Both teams had a rough week leading up to this series. The Mets lost four straight before beating the Rockies yesterday to snap the streak making them four for their last ten games. The Yanks also lost six of their last ten games which includes a series sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays. Both squads will look to rebound in the city they call home.

Monday 7:10 PM: Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.12 ERA) v CC Sabathia (6-8 3.95 ERA)

            Verrett seems to have a grip on the starting role as he has produced quality innings in his past three starts. He earned a no-decision in all of them, but kept the damage controlled. Against the Cardinals in his last start, he went seven innings giving up three earned on five hits. He also struck out a season-high seven hitters.

            After losing two straight, the 6-foot-6 Sabathia bounced back with a win against the Houston Astros on the road. The lefty veteran went 6 2/3 innings allowing only two earned on four hits and two walks. At 36, Sabathia is still getting it done on the bump.

Pitching Edge: The current Mets lineup has had success off Sabathia in the past, so give the edge to Verrett.

Tuesday 7:10 PM: Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.56 ERA) v Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.16 ERA)

            This will be the marquee pitching matchup for the series as both team’s aces battle Tuesday night. deGrom bounced back extremely well in his last start after imploding against the Marlins on July 23. He went seven strong allowing no runs against the Rockies earning a no-decision. Before that start against Miami, deGrom won three straight decisions.

            Tanaka has been streaky in his recent starts as he has been showing dominance or the complete opposite. Things went awry against the Astros in his last start has he earned the loss giving up four earned in five total innings. As the Yanks ace, he has the potential to throw a gem with his deceptive arsenal.

Pitching Edge: deGrom has shown a lot more consistency so far this season giving him the edge in this matchup.

More About This Series

            The trade deadline was used to both teams’ advantage with new additions being made for the playoff stretch. For the Mets, they went for a big bat acquiring Cincinnati Reds’ Jay Bruce for top prospect Dilson Herrera and LHP Max Wotell. Initially OF Brandon Nimmo was supposed to go to the Reds, but both front offices reworked the deal. The Yankees made even bigger moves by selling their top players to bolster their farm system. Relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman went to the Indians and Cubs respectively while the most recent, Carlos Beltran, was traded to the Rangers today. The Yankees acquired ten total prospects, a few being elite like the 2013 first overall pick by the Indians, Clint Frazier, as well as former Yankee Adam Warren from the Cubs. 

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