The Yankees didn’t plan for both of their best pitchers to be out on the DL before the start of the season but bad luck has struck. On that note the Yankees are really looking to Phil Hughes to take control of the pitching staff. On Sunday vs. the White Sox, Hughes went 8 innings for the second consecutive game all the while leading his team to a victory.
Hughes seems to be getting more and more consistent as the season rolls along. In his last 10 starts he has not allowed more than 2 runs in 8 games. He can start to be seen as an anchor for the Yankees if he keeps that up.
Meanwhile, Hiroki Kuroda is quietly having a pretty decent season as his ERA dropped to 3.17, 9th among all AL starters. If these two pitchers can hold down the fort until Pettitte and C.C. can come back, the Yankees will be in good shape.
R.A. Dickey and C.C. Sabathia will take the bump for their teams tonight as they face off in an exciting matchup tonight on Sunday Night Baseball.
Dickey (11-1, 2.00 ERA) has been having a stelar season and is looking to keep it going vs. the Yankees. Dickey has made 9 apperances against the Yankees, 3 starts, and has gone 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA. He has tossed back-to-back one hitters against Baltimore and Tampa Bay.
Sabathia (9-3, 3.55 ERA) has been pretty darn good for the Yankees this season especially as of late. In his last five starts he has won four of them. C.C. has made four starts against the Mets and has gone 3-1 against them with a 2.25 ERA, which, like Diickey against the Yankees, is outstanding.
I’m actually really excited for this game. I can’t remember the last time I was this pumped for a Mets-Yankees game. With all of the back and forth trash talk that has been going on between these two teams, the atmosphere feels a lot different. These two aces will be on display as a national audience will be tuned in and trust me, they’re making sure they’ll catch this one. These two are the two best pitchers in New York right now and the fact that we’re going to see them face off just makes this cross-town rivalry that much sweeter.
Following the backpage headlines that Mets closer Frank Francisco the Mets made sure to prevent something that they couldn’t avoid doing the last Subway Series: Getting swept. On Friday night, Jonathan Niese and Andy Pettitte both took the mound. These two southpaws met earlier in the season as Pettitte had gotten the upper hand, defeating Niese and the Mets. This game, however, would be less fortunate for Andy Pettitte the second time around.
After a 50 minute rain delay both teams took the field and it seemed like stopage favored the Mets. A five run inning, fueled by popular red-head Justin Turner, turned out to be all the runs the Mets needed on the rainy night in Flushing as the Amazin’s edged the Bombers 6-4.
A Mets game wouldn’t be complete without some late-inning drama. After Frank Francisco made comments to reporters calling the Yankees ‘chickens’ it almost seemed predictable that the hot head closer would have something to do with the outcome of the game. And that he did. With the tying runs on base and the always dangerous Mark Texiera at the plate representing the go ahead run, Francisco shut the door by having Tex pop to second.
Key Game Notes:
- Niese went 6 1/3 innings allowing 2 earned runs
- Ike Davis (8) homered
- Alex Rodriguez (12), Andrew Jones (7), and Robinson Cano (15) all homered for the Yanks
Well that was a little interesting. You know, I’ve been a Mets fan my whole life and I just felt that it was inevitable that Francisco was going to be in this game at one point or another. In New York when you talk the talk you gotta walk the walk and Francisco did just that. Niese continues to impress me as the young lefty gives the Mets yet another strong outing. I think the Mets are perfect example on why pitching is key. The Mets are completing a nine series stretch in which they play .500 plus teams and they had fared well so far going 11-9. We’ll see if they could keep this pace up.
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