For the first time in a couple of years, the New York Yankees (30-19) were actually able to take a series at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bronx Bombers didn’t live up to that moniker in this series with the exception of Brett Gardner and Lyle Overbay, but they were able to squeak out another come-from-behind win on Saturday and use the bottom of the order mostly on Friday to score 9 runs. That being said, on Sunday, CC Sabathia had his worst start of the season on Sunday giving up 7 runs over 7 innings to cost the Yankees the sweep. On the injury front, the team saw a setback from Eduardo Nunez and Curtis Granderson once again hits the disabled list with a fracture in his pinky finger after being hit by another pitch on Friday. New York enters Memorial Day in 1st place in the AL East by percentage points and will now ride the 4 train and the 7 train the next 4 days to take on their cross-town rival.
As for the New York Mets (18-29), there have not been many bright spots in Queens so far during the 2013 season. Even though expectations were not high for Terry Collins‘ team, fans have come away less than impressed with the Mets’ efforts. However, the one bright spot for the team is Tuesday’s starter, Matt Harvey. Harvey is 5-0 this season and is 3rd in the National League in strikeouts (74) as well as being 4th in ERA (1.93). He is carrying a staff that is 0-10 in games after he pitches. In turn, that has hurt their bullpen, which is one of the worst in baseball in terms of ERA.
The other issue for the Mets is first baseman Ike Davis. The big debate in Flushing is whether or not Davis (.158 average) should be sent down to AAA Las Vegas or continue playing first base with the big club. The offense has left a lot to be desired for the Mets, especially at Citi Field. Catcher John Buck does lead the team in home runs (11) and RBI’s 33 and David Wright is the sturdy captain of the franchise, but it is a team that is looking to change its fortunes around for the future with prospects like pitcher Zack Wheeler due to come up in the coming weeks. As we know in the Subway Series, records get thrown out! This holds true this season especially with the teams playing two games at Citi Field and two at Yankee Stadium.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Show presented by BaldVinny.com, I recap the Yankees’ series win over the Rays, give some key injury updates, and give my top Subway Series moments. Plus, I spoke with Sam Maxwell from RisingApple.com abut the upcoming Subway Series. During the interview, Sam and I talk about Harvey, Davis, the pitching matchup, general manager Sandy Alderson’s plan, and some X-Factors in this series.