The New York Yankees (41-28) and New York Mets (39-32) will continue the 2012 Subway Series on Saturday night at Citi Field in the Big Apple, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 ET on FOX
New York Yankees at New York Mets
The New York Yankees had their seven-game road winning streak snapped on Friday night, dropping a 6-4 decision to the New York Mets in the series opener at Citi Field. The Bronx Bombers have now lost three in a row since posting a season-high 10-game win streak, as they continue to struggle with runners in scoring position, going 3 for 19 over the last three contests. The club is still dangerous offensively, considering it leads the majors with 108 home runs. New York is 5-5 as a road favorite of -125 to -150, with the “under” going 6-4 in those contests.
Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.32 ERA) has won five consecutive starts, including a 4-1 road win over the Washington Nationals last time out, giving up one run and seven hits over 7.2 innings. The right-hander is 6-0 with a 3.47 ERA in seven road outings, issuing nine walks and striking out 32 batters in 46.2 combined frames. In two career starts versus the Mets, Nova is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA. He has compiled a 4-1 record and 2.91 ERA in seven career interleague outings.
The New York Mets have won four games in a row, as the pitching staff has limited opponents to seven combined runs over that span. The Mets bullpen made some noise before the series began, with closer Frank Francisco making “chickens” comments about the intra-city rivals. “They are like every other team,” stated Francisco after Friday’s game. The club now has 23 home wins, which trails only the Los Angeles Dodgers (24) in that particular category. New York is 2-3 as a home underdog of +125 to +150.
Mets starting pitcher Chris Young (1-1, 3.06 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his first three starts of the 2012 MLB campaign, suffering a 3-1 home loss to the Cincinnati Reds last time out, giving up three runs (two earned) and nine hits over seven frames. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in two career starts versus the Yankees. Young has tallied an 0-1 record and 1.93 ERA in two lifetime outings at Citi Field.
Bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 24-6 record in Nova’s last 30 starts, while the Mets are 2-7 in the last nine meetings in this series.