The Subway Series continues Saturday afternoon with the second game of a three-game set between the Yankees and Mets at Citi Field
New York Yankees at New York Mets
The New York Yankees have won a season-high six consecutive games after coming away with a decisive 5-1 victory last night over the Mets. The Yankees already took two out of three from the Mets in the first edition of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium in May. “The Mets have been playing really well, we’ve been playing really well,” said Bronx Bombers first baseman Mark Teixeira. “So it was the immovable object versus the unstoppable force tonight.” Teixeira is tied with Toronto’s Jose Bautista for the Major League lead with 25 home runs and is now one of just four players all time to hit at least 25 round trippers in his first nine MLB seasons. New York is now in one of its best situations, looking to improve upon its MLB-best 23-4 daytime record.
Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon returns to action off a three-week stay on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury. The right-hander was rolling right along before the mishap, including wins in his last three starts, allowing just three runs and 12 hits over 21 innings over that span. Colon is a solid 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA in seven road appearances (six starts), issuing just seven walks and registering 40 strikeouts in 44 2/3 frames. In four career games versus the Mets, he has tallied a 3-1 mark and 3.46 ERA, but will be making his first start at Citi Field.
The New York Mets offense was silenced last night after batting .385 over its previous five games. The Mets have also lost back-to-back games after posting four straight victories, a span that saw them score 52 runs in those contests. Shortstop Jose Reyes continues to be the talk of the town, coming off a June that saw him finish with 45 hits and 29 runs scored in 26 games. He picked up two hits in the series opener and is 2 for 3 lifetime against Colon. The club has an opportunity to bounce back much like its recent performance at home, posting a 17-13 record at Citi Field since starting the year 1-8 at the venue.
Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee has tallied an 8-1 mark and 3.32 ERA in 15 appearances (12 starts) this season. The right-hander is coming off an 8-5 road win over the Rangers last time out, giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Gee has been solid throughout the 2011 campaign at home, posting a 4-1 record and 2.50 ERA, as opponents are hitting just .200 against him. He will be making his first start in the Subway Series and the club is 11-1 in his starting assignments this year.
Bettors will be interested in backing the Mets due to their 7-0 mark in Gee’s starts as an underdog, while the Yankees are 5-7 after three or more consecutive wins