The Yankees come into Citi Field tonight at 7:10 to battle the Mets in the second edition of this year's Subway series.Since facing the Mets two weeks ago at Yankee Stadium, in which they swept the Mets,
the Yankees have caught fire. They went on to win seven straight after taking three in a row from the Mets, all against NL East teams. Their bats and their pitching staff have come together for the first time this year. They are looking as deadly as ever. C.C. Sabathia
, who finished April with an ERA close to five, has picked it up these past two months and seems to be peaking now. In his last start, he threw a complete game against Atlanta, improving to 9-3. He will go up against the Mets on Sunday.This series will showcase some fantastic pitching matchups. Both teams are playing well right now. These games should be tight and exciting.Here are the pitching matchups:Game 1- Tonight 7:10Jonathon Niese
(4-3, 3.82 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte
(3-2, 2.77 ERA)Game 2- Saturday 7:15Chris Young
(1-1, 3.06 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova
(9-2, 4.32 ERA)Game 3- Sunday 8:10R.A. Dickey
(11-1, 2.00 ERA) vs. C.C. Sabathia (9-3, 3.55 ERA)Notes:
- I am so pumped for this series. I feel like if the bullpen can hold a lead, we have a good shot at taking this series. I love beating the Yankees. I really hope the Mets can pull this one out.
- Mark Teixeira wasn't in the starting lineup for the Yankees in the series finale against the Braves on Wednesday after getting hit by a liner in the heel. However, he entered the game in the eighth and should be alright to play.
- David Wright is still raking. After his batting average fell from close to .400 towards the end of May, it seemed his level of production would go back to normal. However, he is hitting .378 over his past ten games.
- Ronny Cedeno has completed his rehab assignment he will likely re-join the team today for the opener of this series.
- The top story today, Frank Francisco says the Yankees are "chickens." He told the New York Post: "I can't wait to strike out those chickens. I want to strike out the side against them. I've done it before." I have no idea what caused Francisco to get so angry, other than the fact that he hasn't pitched well lately, so I only have one thought to give on this: Bring on the chickens!