I don’t know about you guys, but this is exactly what I needed after a terrible three games of baseball. Your New York Yankees (25-16) are headed to Flushing to face off with the New York Mets (20-22) to start off interleague play for the 2010 season.
As I’m sure you know, the Yankees have lost four of five and are kind of struggling of late. The Mets aren’t in much better shape though, having lost seven of their last nine. In all honesty I’d toss the records aside and expect some good baseball this weekend; more often then not, the two teams split the season series.
Javier Vazquez, RHP (2-4, 8.01) vs. Hisanori Takahashi, LHP (3-1, 3.12)
Phil Hughes, RHP (5-0, 2.25) vs. Mike Pelfrey, RHP (5-1, 3.02)
CC Sabathia, LHP (4-2, 3.43) vs. Johan Santana, LHP (3-2, 3.72)
- As Brian alluded to earlier, the Yankees starting pitchers have seen some regression in the past couple of games. Let’s hope that trend continues because Javy is due for a perfect game or something.
- Met’s starter for Friday night is Hisanori Takahashi. This is his first career start after pitching out of the bullpen so far this season. He’s been very effective out of the bullpen, pitching multiple innings when needed. He isn’t stretched out very much and is only expected to throw 80-85 pitches. Hopefully the Yankees jump on him early and force the Mets to go to their bullpen. Oliver Perez is expected to be the long man tonight.
- Kevin Russo, who was recently called up, is starting in left field tonight for the Yankees. He’s a utility player in Scranton who swings the bat pretty well. Here’s to hoping he plays well in his limited action this next week.
- Talk about premier lefthanders; you’ll see the two best left handed starters in the same game on Sunday.
Yankees Keys to the Series
- Pitching, pitching, pitching. Both the starters and the bullpen need to get back on track.
- The Yankees need to get on the board early rather than late. The past two games have been completel blow outs if you ignore what they’ve done in the ninth inning.
- STAY HEALTHY. Everyone needs to cross their fingers and toes so that the Yankees make it out of this series of National League rules without any further injuries.
The home team usually wins two out of three at home in the Subway Series and I think we’re going to see that this weekend. There are great pitching matchups this weekend, so these games could go either way, but I just see the Mets winning two out of three. Betting on Javy is like flipping a coin, but I think he’s going to throw well tonight and not win. Put me down for a Phil Hughes loss and then CC Sabathia will play stop-gap and dominate on Sunday.