Game 45: Yankees vs. Mets
Hello from an overcast Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Mets are set for the rubber game of this installment of the Subway Series, as Ivan Nova and Mike Pelfrey get the nods in a matchup of young right-handed starters.
The Yankees had a late report time to the ballpark this morning, and Joe Girardi had to wait for a while so he could check with some banged-up players before sending Rob Thomson out to post the lineup card. When it went up, Chris Dickerson was in right field, playing in place of Nick Swisher – thus far hitless in six at-bats against the Mets this weekend.
As far as the all-or-nothing offense the Yankees have been showing, Girardi had a funny line, demonstrating how little concern he has that 52.2 percent of the team’s runs have come via the homer: “I don’t care how we score runs. I don’t care if they kick the ball 10 times.”
Here are the lineups:
Pitching: Mike Pelfrey RHP (3-3, 5.11 ERA)
Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (4-3, 4.33 ERA)
From the Yankees’ official game notes —
AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play the rubber game of a three-game series vs. the Mets at Yankee Stadium…this marks the Yankees’ first Interleague series of the year and the third game of a six-game homestand that also includes three games vs. Toronto from Monday-Wednesday (are 1-1 thus far)…completed a four-game road trip with a 3-1 mark, going 1-1 at Tampa Bay on Monday-Tuesday and sweeping two games at Baltimore on Wednesday-Thursday…following this homestand, have an off day on 5/26 and a nine-game, 10-day road trip to Seattle (5/27-29), Oakland (5/30-6/1) and Los Angeles-AL (6/3-5)
Are 24-20 (.545), tied for first in the AL East with Tampa Bay (25-21, .543)…have regained at least a share of first place in the division for the first time since 5/11.
FINISHING LINES: Yankees relievers have a 2.68 combined ERA (117.2IP, 35ER) since 4/7, marking the lowest in the AL and third-lowest in the Majors over the stretch (San Diego-2.04, Washington-2.49)…have not allowed more than 3ER in any game over the span.
ALEXCELLENT: 3B Alex Rodriguez is batting .409 (9-for-22) with 6R, 1 double, 3HR, 3RBI and 1BB in his last five games.
DRIVE TIME: 1B Mark Teixeira has 7RBI over his last three games (5/19-21) immediately following a stretch of just 6RBI over his previous 25 games from 4/20-5/18.