The New York Mets (32-28) and New York Yankees (33-25) will close out a three-game interleague series on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 ET on TBS
New York Mets at New York Yankees
The New York Mets have dropped the first two games of the 2012 Subway Series, including a 4-2 setback on Saturday night. The Mets have now lost five of their last six games, as they are in the midst of a 22-game stretch of playing teams with a .500 or better record. Third baseman David Wright is certainly the player to watch offensively, leading the National League with a .413 road batting average, while also ranking 10th in the Senior Circuit with a .333 average against southpaw pitchers. New York is 18-9 in day games this year.
Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (4-2, 4.11 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last four outings, picking up a 6-1 home win over the St. Louis Cardinals last time out, tossing six shutout innings and striking out a season-high 10 batters. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 4.60 ERA in six road outings, surrendering six home runs in 31.1 combined frames. Niese suffered a 5-1 home loss in his only career start against the Yankees, giving up three runs and nine hits over six innings.
The New York Yankees have won 12 of their last 16 games, moving them to a season-high eight games over .500, as the offense continues to hit the ball out of the ball park. The Yankees have hit a Major League-high 90 home runs this season, including 12 over the last six games. It’s an important statistic when you consider the club is 0-12 when failing to leave the yard. New York is 40-20 in June the last two-plus seasons.
Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.78 ERA) is coming off a brilliant performance in picking up a 7-0 home win over the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing no runs and scattering two hits in 7.1 innings of work. The left-hander is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in four home starts, with opponents hitting just .200 against him. In 19 career games versus the Mets, Pettitte has tallied an 8-5 record and 3.69 ERA, including a 5-3 mark and 4.17 ERA in eight games in the Bronx.
Bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 4-0 mark in interleague play against left-handed starters, while the Mets are 1-5 in their last six road games against AL opponents.