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Subway Series Preview: Yankees v. Mets

The much-anticipated 2014 Subway Series will begin this week. After being embarrassed by the Mets last year, the Yankees and their fans want the bragging rights back. Who doesn’t love a battle of a city especially one as big as New York? The Yankees who are coming off of a disappoint road trip with a 3-3 record, will try to take down the stumbling Mets.

                                        Probable Pitching Match-ups

             Mets                                           @                                        Yankees

     Bartolo Colon           Monday, May 12th:  7:05 pm           Hiroki Kuroda

     Zack Wheeler           Tuesday, May 13th: 7:05 pm               Vidal Nuno

 

         Yankees                                         @                                           Mets

 Masahiro Tanaka        Wednesday, May 14th: 7:10 pm         Jenrry Mejia

            TBA                        Thursday, May 15th: 7:10 pm             Dillon Gee

 

Who’s Hot?: David Wright has been the only Met to do exceptionally well over the week. He has hit over .300 with a home run and a few RBI. He also has a few doubles to add to those totals. Daniel Murphy is also doing pretty well, as he and Wright are a couple of the only bright spots of the organization. Murphy’s average is just below .300 in six games. He also has a handful of doubles on his resume for the season.

The Yankees have two guys swinging a hot stick in that same stretch. Brett Gardner is 7-for-21 (.333), while Yangervis Solarte is even hotter hitting .389 with 7 hits in 18 at-bats.

Who’s Not?: Travis d’Arnaud has not done much the past week. He is hitting under .200 with not even an RBI in the span. Another Mets’ player in a slump has pretty much been slumping all season. Our good friend, Curtis Granderson. His average is hovering around .200 the past seven days. However, he does have a home run and a few RBI to go along with it.                                             

                                                  *What To Watch For*

Hiroki Kuroda starts the first game of the Subway Series and you can expect him to have some difficulty with David Wright. Wright is 7-for-20 (.350). However, all were singles. Lucas Duda has also hit Kuroda well. In a small sample size, Duda is 3-for-8 (.375). Chris Young is not as lucky against the veteran. Young is just 6-for-28 (.214). The second game belongs to Vidal Nuno. Against Nuno, five Mets have gone a combined 1-for-11 (.090). Many players on the Mets will be seeing the lefty for the first time.

The series then shifts from the Bronx to Queens as Masahiro Tanaka will look to dominate yet another club. He’s been amazing and continues to improve. The Metropolitans will have their work cut out for them in that game.

With C.C. Sabathia being the Yankee’s third starter to hit the shelf, Someone will have to take his spot in the rotation. Many people believed Alfredo Aceves. However, after Aceves pitched against the Mets in the first game in relief, it doesn’t seem like that will be the case.

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