Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yankees vs. Mets Subway Series Game Two

The New York Yankees and New York Mets will play game two of their three game Subway Series tonight at 7:00PM at Yankee Stadium.  The Mets defeated the Yankees 2-1 last night in a good pitchers duel between Freddy Garcia and R.A. Dickey not who you would expect in a pitchers duel.  The offense of both teams didn't do much at all and the Yankees were 1-10 with runners in scoring position.  Chris Capuano will pitch for the Mets tonight and A.J. Burnett for the Yankees.  Here are some news and notes and the lineups.

Yankees Lineup:Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez(DH), Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Eduardo Nunez(3B).  Brett Gardner and Jorge Posada are sitting this one out with the lefty starting. 

New York Mets:Jose Reyes, Daniel Murphy, Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay, Fernando Martinez, Justin Turner, Josh Thole, Jason Pridie, Ruben Tejada. 

Gary Carter-former Mets catcher issued a statement today.  He has four small tumors in his brain.  Here is what he had to say.  "Earlier today, I learned that four very small tumors have been found on my brain, following an MRI on Friday at a West Palm Beach facility.  I am scheduled to be examined further Thursday at Duke Medical Center, and we will learn more at that time about my diagnosis.  My wife Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers.  We ask that you please respect our privacy  as we learn more about my medical condition." 

Jose Reyes leads the majors in triples with six, is tied for the major league lead in steals with 16, hits(59), multi-hit games(19) and tied for second in the NL in doubles with 13.  He is hitting 315 with one homerun and 15 RBI and has a 365 on base percentage.  He has played extremely well as well as Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez.  All three will be guys that the Mets can definitely look to trade as they unload some salary and try to build for the future. 

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN he heard that first round pick Matt Harvey could move up to AA Binghamton by June 1st.  He is in A Port St. Lucie and is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA.  He has pitched 41 1/3 innings striking out 46. 

The Yankees have lost six games in a row at home which is the longest streak since they lost eight in a row at home in 2003.  They have played 25 home games so far this season which is the second most in the AL behind K.C. who have played 28 and tying for third most in the majors behind them, Cincinnati and the Dodgers. 

This current streak and the eight game losing streak in 2003 are the only two six game losing streaks or more at home for the Yankees since 1990.  They have lost each of their last two home series which is just the second time in the New Stadium that has happened.  The Yankees have had seven single season losing streaks of seven or more games since 1919 including one over the last 25 seasons. 

The Yankees are just 1-12 when losing after five innings this season and 1-14 when losing after six.  They are 1-16 after seven and 1-17 when losing after eight.  They are obviously a team that hasn't come back well, they need the lead and then hold on to it.  It shows how poor the offense has performed because they have been a team that comes back a lot especially once they get into the other bullpens but this season they have gotten worse as the game goes on and they rely too much on the homerun. 

Derek Jeter owns a lifetime batting average of 389 against the Mets.  It is the second best all-time among players with at least 150 plate appearances.  He has an active home hitting streak of 23 games which dates back to 6/28/2003.  Mariano Rivera needs one more appearance to reach 1,000 for his career.  He would be just the 15th pitcher all-time to reach that mark.  He will be the first to reach that total with one team. 

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