The All-Star break is over and it’s time to begin the final stretch of the season. The Yankees open up the second half of the season 4.5 games behind Boston for the AL East lead. The first series of the second half will be a home series against cross town rival, the New York Mets. A subway series always brings excitement, and this will be no different. Even though the Mets are struggling, they will bring talent to the mound. We will still get to see stud pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, both who have rumored in trade talks with the Yankees.
GAME ONE: Friday July 20th @ 7 PM
Domingo German (2-5, 5.49 ERA) vs Noah Syndergaard (5-1, 2.97 ERA)
The first game out of the gate will feature young German on the mound. He has been struggling as of late, and gave up 6 runs vs the Indians last time out. We know he has good stuff, he’s just not putting it together right now. He hasn’t won a start since June 19th. He’ll face stud flamethrower Noah Syndergaard, known as “Thor” to Mets fans. Apart from being injured, he has had a very stellar year, posting a 2.97 ERA as well as striking out 79 batters.
GAME TWO: Saturday July 21st @ 1PM
Sonny Gray (6-7, 5.46 ERA) vs Steven Matz (4-7, 3.38 ERA)
Gray will take the mound Saturday, after finally having a good start. He went six scoreless vs the Orioles last time he pitched. The Yankees need to see more of that consistently. He will face Matz, another pitcher rumored to be traded by the deadline. He has posted good numbers, but doesn’t get enough run support to look good in the win-loss column. He has a big test vs the Yankee lineup, which will have slugging catcher Gary Sanchez return this weekend.
GAME THREE: Sunday July 22nd @8PM
Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54 ERA) vs Jacob deGrom (5-4, 1.68 ERA)
Tanaka will start the Sunday night primetime game. The last time Tanaka faced the Mets, he got injured running the bases and landed on the DL. He won’t have to worry about running this game, as the games will be played in the AL ballpark. He has been inconsistent and continues to be haunted by the long ball. He will look to get right vs a weak Mets lineup. He faces deGrom, the Mets only all-star, and possible Cy Young candidate. He’s been spectacular this season, and teams have taken notice and have been contacting the Mets about a trade for him. Could this be his tryout to see what the Yankees would give up for him?
This should be a very interesting series. We don’t get the Sevy-deGrom matchup we want, but we do see the return of Gary Sanchez and Yoenis Cespedes, 2 all-star caliber players. The most intriguing thing about the series will be the Mets’ pitching, who have all been rumored in trade talks around the league. Will they show enough for the Yankees to unload the farm? Or will they search elsewhere? The subway series always brings an exciting and fun atmosphere to the ballpark too. What will this subway series be remembered for?