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Well New York fans it’s that time of year again, the Subway Series. The fight for New York baseball supremacy is upon us, and it looks like we are going to have some great games this year. The Yankees are playing great ball winning 10 of their last 14 games, and the Mets 8-6 over the same span but only a game and a half out of the lead in the National League East.
The series will open with Johan Santana making his first appearance since pitching the first no-hitter in Mets history and a career high 134 pitches, while Kuroda is coming off a great start against the American League East leading Baltimore Orioles where he surrendered only one run over seven innings, giving up only four hits. Game two will pit the suddenly great Phil Hughes against Dillon Gee. Gee has surrendered a lot of runs, and if Hughes keeps pitching like he has this looks like it should be a win for the Yanks, but stranger things have happened. Closing out the series, and hopefully going for a sweep, Andy Pettite will take the mound against Jonathon Niese. Niese is another Met pitcher who has struggled giving up runs, and with how Pettitte is pitching, especially at home; the chances of the Yankees winning this series look promising. Hopefully the Yankees can feed off of the Mets pitching and get their hitting straightened out. A-Rod, Teixeira, and Martin need to figure it out at the plate, or its going to be a long year for them. The grand slam for Russell shut everyone up for a day or two but that batting average will remind them real quick that he’s done nothing all year.
While the ultimate Subway Series was played in 2000, every time these teams get together its fun. The two fan bases don’t particularly like each other, and when both teams are good, it makes for a fun time in the city. Bothe of these teams could use the wins in the standings with the two teams only a combined two games outside of first place. Personally I think the Mets are overachieving now, and I do not think they can maintain this play all year.
I am really happy the Yankees don’t have to face R.A. Dickey, because the knuckleball is unpredictable and if my memory serves me right Tim Wakefield was pretty successful against the Yanks.