While the ten-game win streak ended in the series loss to the Atlanta Braves, the New York Yankees still find themselves in first place in the American League East. They did get a little help from their cross-town rivals, the New York Mets, after they swept the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. The Yankees swept the Bronx installment of the Subway Series a couple of weeks ago, but now the series shifts down the 7 train and the Mets’ pitching has been lights out over the last few weeks and boasts one of the top rotations in the National League. The question is will the Yankees’ rotation bounce back after two mediocre starts from Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes?
The Mets come into this series in second place in the National League, just 3.5 games behind the Washington Nationals. In the last series, the Mets had leads late in two games, but their bullpen could not hold it together. Johan Santana is not pitching in this series, but R.A. Dickey has been the story of the baseball season. His 11-1 record not only has him as the likely starter for the National League All-Star team, but has him as the front-runner for the National League Cy Young Award.
Ike Davis is finally swinging a hot bat after his grand slam this week and Mets’ manager Terry Collins said that Lucas Duda will hit 35 home runs this year. All in all, things are looking good for the Metropolitans, but can they find a way to close the deal in some of these games with the pitching matchups being pretty even once again.
For this show, we brought in the reinforcements from RisingApple.com in Michael Lecolant to help us break down the series. We talk about the pitching, Daniel Murphy‘s status at second base, their potential trade deadline moves as well as our favorite Subway Series games. Also, Mike asks me about the Yankees’ trade deadline needs as well as their runners with scoring position issues. Tune in and enjoy!
Also, next week, we will have two shows for you for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox series.