The Mets follow up their first series win in weeks with a three-game series against the Yankees at Citi Field, with Mike Pelfrey going against CC Sabathia.
Pelfrey (5–2, 4.74 ERA) pitched five innings against the Yankees last season and allowed eight hits and four runs. The key with Pelfrey is to get ahead in the count. With a first-pitch strike opponents are batting just .193 against him; they are .387 when he falls behind.
Another thing with Pelfrey is to avoid the big inning. He has a tendency to give up runs in bunches and unravel. He has been unable to minimize the damage.
Sabathia (6–4, 3.71 ERA) left his last start in the second inning with a sore left bicep. He has gone 5-1 over his last nine starts.
An interesting line-up change has Ryan Church in center and Fernando Tatis in right. Gary Sheffield is back and in left.
Here’s the batting order:
Luis Castillo, 2B
Alex Cora, SS
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Fernando Tatis, RF
Ryan Church, CF
Nick Evans, 1B
Omir Santos, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP
Going in, I never thought the Mets would win this series. The only game I had them taking was today with Johan Santana. Amazing, had Luis Castillo caught a simple pop-up, they would be going for the sweep.
That’s not how it works, but they did bounce back yesterday and must keep that up.
I read this morning the Chicago Cubs would be the test team for when the Yankees open their new stadium. My first thought? Boring. Who cares about the Cubs? The only allure with that team is its creaky stadium and a century of losing.
Ego is probably the reason it won’t happen, but why not a weekend series between the Mets and Yankees to open each other’s parks?
It’s so simple, so fundamental. How about back-to-back day-night doubleheaders? That way each team gets to test their new home under the lights.
Here’s a unifying opportunity for the city and its teams, and we get the Cubs. This could have been so easy and so much fun, but they blew it.