On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, I began the episode by talking about the New York Yankees (19-17) losing two out of three to the Milwaukee Brewers. Despite winning the series opener behind another strong outing by Masahiro Tanaka, the Bronx Bombers were not able to find a way to win two gems that were each decided by one run. The main injury in that series revolved around starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday due to inflammation in his right knee and will have further tests on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Now, the Yankees head back to New York for an annual local series.
For the second straight year, the New York Yankees and the New York Mets (17-19) will take part in a four-game series that will be played in two different ballparks: two games at Yankee Stadium and two at Citi Field. It has been a rough May for the Mets as they have lost eight of their last ten games. While the starting pitching has been one of the more consistent rotations in the game (6th in MLB in quality starts), the team has had significant issues both in their lineup (30th in slugging percentage) and out of the bullpen.
There is one interesting twist to this Subway Series as Curtis Granderson (.185, 3 HR, 14 RBI) will make his first visit to Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday since leaving the Bronx Bombers. For Terry Collins‘ team, it is a chance to try to repeat the four-game sweep the Mets had against the Yankees a season ago. Can David Wright (.289, 2 HR, 22 RBI) and company do it again?
- Mentality of the New York Mets heading into the series
- Who should be the New York Mets’ closer (Daisuke Matsuzaka? Jeurys Familia?)
- Curtis Granderson‘s adjustment to his role in Flushing
- What should Jenrry Mejia‘s role be with the Mets: starter or bullpen?
- Will the Yankees see Rafael Montero in this series?
- Dillon Gee‘s development since last Subway Series
- Zack Wheeler and his walk issues
- Hiroki Kuroda looking to give Yankees length on Monday
- Vidal Nuno‘s struggles at home
- Players To Watch (Daniel Murphy and Juan Lagares)
- My Yankee Player To Watch: Yangervis Solarte
- The problems that have been Ruben Tejada and Travis d’Arnaud in the Mets’ lineup