- Hernandez was ill while pitching seven shutout innings in a 7-0 victory against the Nationals in Washington on Sunday. It hardly showed except in stamina. He worked the corners of the strike zone, allowing four hits and four walks and striking out four. He asked manager Jerry Manuel to exit after 116 pitches, a tell-tale sign of energy loss, according to Manuel. Hernandez hasn’t lost and the Mets have won five times in his eight most recent starts. He will be quite wary of Alex Rodriguez, who has three home runs, four doubles and a .625 batting average in 16 career at-bats against him.
- Last year, the New York Yankees lost all three home games to the New York Mets in the final season at their historic park. The Yankees dropped all three meetings with the Mets for the first time at old Yankee Stadium last season after winning 22 of the previous 32 contests, including two victories in the 2000 World Series. The Yankees lost four of six to the Mets last year, marking only the second time they lost the season series since the advent of interleague play in 1997. New Yorkâ€™s AL representative holds a 37-29 advantage in the all-time Subway Series during the regular season.
- Their 37 homers rank among the fewest in baseball after they connected for 172 to rank seventh in the league a year ago. Part of that dropoff is due to their new stadium – $800 million Citi Field – which is more favorable for pitchers.
- Mets third baseman David Wright, who is 17 for 26 with one homer and five RBIs over his last seven games, has seen a significant downturn in his home run production. He has four homers after hitting 12 at this point last year. He was a major part of the Mets winning all three games in the Bronx last year, going 9 for 15 with a homer and five RBIs.
- Hernandez is 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his last eight starts after allowing four hits in seven innings of a 7-0 win at Washington on Sunday. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.37 ERA in five starts against the Yankees.
- Chamberlain followed a fantastic outing in Cleveland with a solid start against the Rays on Sunday. He surrendered three runs in six innings, ultimately picking up a no-decision in a Yankees win. After allowing just one run through the first five frames, Chamberlain gave up a two-out, two-run hit to Gabe Gross, marring an otherwise strong performance.
- There have been a major league-high 105 homers hit in the Bronx, while Rangers Ballpark is a distant second with 83. At this pace, there would be 293 homers hit at Yankee Stadium, just shy of the record 303 hit in the thin air at Coors Field in 1999 but well above the 160 totaled last year at the original Yankee Stadium. The Yankees lead the majors with 57 homers at home, compared to 38 on the road.
- The Yankees, though, hit only .230 with three homers in the three losses to AL East-leading Boston, capped by Thursdayâ€™s 4-3 defeat that dropped them to 0-8 in the season series.
- The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.48 ERA in five home starts after failing to get a decision Sunday despite allowing three runs in six innings of a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. Chamberlain, making his first start against the Mets, is 2-0 with a 3.82 ERA over his last six outings overall.