Game 37: Yankees vs. Mets

We’ve gone from tokens to MetroCards and will probably move onto something more electronic soon, but the Subway Series is back in town. The Yankees and the Mets will face off in the first of four games tonight, with the Yankees returning home following a 3-3 road trip to play the Angels and Brewers.

Hiroki Kuroda has the ball tonight for the Yanks, coming off a no-decision on May 6 in Anaheim, in which he allowed three runs (one earned) and five hits over a season-high 7 2/3 innings. Kuroda struck out eight in that start, also a season high. The Mets have a familiar face on the hill; Bartolo Colon goes against one of his former teams. Colon has lost his last two starts against the Rockies and Marlins.

And can you believe this is Year 17 of the Subway Series? I remember that first game, the Dave Mlicki game, like it was yesterday — fun times.

Derek Jeter, the lone active player still hanging around from that first Interleague matchup, was asked yesterday if he remembered the Mets pitcher who shut the Yanks down in the first Subway Series game. Jeter produced two good guesses: Bobby Jones and Rick Reed. Both late ’90s Mets, but not the right one.

“I think the newness of it has worn off, but I think the excitement level is still very high,” Joe Girardi said. “When I walk into Citi Field, there’s obviously a great buzz, and when the Mets come over here, there’s a great buzz. I think there’s a buzz in the city. I just think the newness has work off, and in most things in life, the newness is where you see the highest level of excitement. Still, I think it’s an exciting time for the city and I think people really enjoy this.”

This game is being televised on the YES Network and can be heard on WFAN.

Here are today’s lineups:

METS (17-19)

Eric Young Jr. LF
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Curtis Granderson RF
Bobby Abreu DH
Lucas Duda 1B
Chris Young CF
Travis d’Arnaud C
Ruben Tejada SS

Bartolo Colon RHP (2-5, 5.36)

YANKEES (19-17)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP (2-3, 4.43)


not only the bull pen. This whole team is in a mess. After a great start to the season everything is falling apart. Scenes of 2013. All the friggin money the Yankees spent in the offseason. A lot of it on old tired players and who are now showing their age and their lack of fitness. Tex looked like an old man running to first base. He gets to second which another hitter would have and there would not have been a double play after. This team is going down the tube in a hurry. The bull pen really imploded last night and they have on several nights. Kuroda wasn’t great either. Imagine 4 home runs to a team who has hardly hit any all year. It just get worse and worse with each game with one or two more guys on the shelf. Hey seeknay, where are you man? With the team playing like this I thought I’d hear more from you. Are you in hiding? Given up?


what the hell is with McCann at the plate. Man he’s really been struggling. They got the big shift on him but it wouldn’t be a problem if he didn’t keep hitting ground balls. Occasionally he’s been hitting to the opposite field but he’s just not getting it done. Not what the Yankees expected when they picked him up. He doesn’t come through in clutch situations at all.


this friggin yankee team is in trouble. Trouble pitching. Trouble getting runs when they need them. Bull pen pitched like crap again tonight. Up 7-4 and can’t put the game away. They’re going to keep dropping down in the division if they keep losing. The O’s ahead. Boston only half game behind. And the Mets are not a good hitting team and yet off Yankee pitching tonight 4 home runs. This team is in serious trouble. Has been playing over their heads for the first 20 games and now reality is setting in. We are now seeing the team we’ve really got and it ain’t pretty.


Aceves was a decent pitcher until he got hurt with NY before. He now is always pitching through some injury.


Kuroka is not a #2 at this stage of his career. He is still a valuable inning logger and tough pitcher but he is being relied on way too heavily because of the rest of the rotation. We need 2 more starters, hopefully Whitley is one.

In other news, Chase Headley is very available if we can afford him.


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