When I was younger, I had a t-shirt that read “I root for 2 teams – the Mets and whoever is playing the Yankees.” That was a long time ago, before Inter-League play. Now, for the next three days, Mets fans will become Yankee fans; and vice-versa. What is this world coming to ???
I wonder if the powers-that-be at Major League Basball intentionally matched up the two New York teams with each other’s number one rival, on a Holiday weekend no less? In this rare occasion, Mets fans will just have to swallow their pride and consider themselves “Bronx Bomber Believers”, and trust that the Yankess can help them out by sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies.
On the flip side, those Yankee fans who insist on throwing their 27 Championship rings in Mets fans’ faces, will be begging the Mets for a floor-mopping of the Boston Red Sox. Now granted, it is not Boston that sits atop the American League East. But regardless, the Yankees-Boston rivalry has just as much meaning as the Mets-Phillies one, and has been around longer. A Mets sweep of the Red Sox would certainly benefit the Yankees.
While the Yankees may have the home field advantage, they can’t stay hot forever. They are coming off 9 astraight wins, and let’s just hope they don’t pick now to start losing.
The Mets will have Johan Santana (5-2, 1.36 ERA), Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.61 ERA), and Redding (0-0, 3.00 ERA) against Daisuke Masuzaka (0-1, 12.70 ERA), Josh Beckett (4-2, 5.85 ERA), and Tim Wakefield (5-2, 3.59 ERA), respectively.
As for the Yanks, they will throw A.J. Burnett (2-1, 5.02 ERA) against Brett Myers (3-2, 4.50 ERA), Andy Pettitte (4-1, 4.18 ERA) against J.A. Happ (2-0, 2.49 ERA), and CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.43 ERA) against Cole Hammels (2-2, 4.95).
The Mets did not hit a single home run on the west coast trip; over 300 cumulative team at-bats without a home run. They did steal 15 bases, but 13 of them came in the first 3 games against the Giants; the three games they won. With runners in scoring position, the Mets hit .404 in those first 3 games, while hitting a lousy .088 in the Dodgers series. Hopefully a more consistent line-up will allow guys like Murphy and Sheffield to hit like they should and allow guys like Beltran and Wright to continue to hit like they have been. Hopefully Reyes will not be out for too long and this Mets team can again find the groove they were in when they first arrived on the west coast.