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:
Eric Young Jr. LF
Bartolo Colon RHP (2-5, 5.36)
Brett Gardner LF
Hiroki Kuroda RHP (2-3, 4.43)