This week the Game of the Week pick will focus on Sunday night baseball on ESPN. ESPN will feature the subway series as the New York Yankees take on the New York Mets. This is a rematch of the series when the Yankees blasted Mets ace Johan Santana in a 15-0 blowout win. The Yankees took two out of three in that series but this series has a change of venue as the Yankees will be playing in Citi Field.
The Yankees send troubled starter Chien–Ming Wang to the hill for the Sunday finale of the series. Wang started the season on a bad note and expectations of another 19 win season were crushed early. It got so bad that Yankee skipper Joe Giradi gave him an ultimatum to pitch well or lose his role as a starter. Since that demand he has put together two very good games against the Nationals and the Braves and looks to be regaining some of the form he had last year. His sinker is becoming effective again and he is not allowing the big inning.
The Mets counter with Livan Hernandez on Sunday night. Hernandez has been a delightful surprise for the Mets and has performed valiantly this year. Hernandez has filled in and become a valuable starter after injuries have ripped through the rotation. Hernandez comes into this game after a great pitching performance against the Cardinals. His assignment will not get any easier this week against the Yankees.
The subway series has always been entertaining and the Mets hold an 8-7 edge. The Mets playing at home should certainly help them in this game, as of this writing they are 22-14 this year. The lineup has been decimated by injuries but the replacements have been playing with energy and scoring runs. The Yankees bats have started to warm up in the last series against Atlanta otherwise they have been very cold. Wang will have troubles in this game and expect him to be pulled early as the Yankees try to fill voids to play with the NL rule book. Wang has never been the same after injuring his foot. The loss of the DH will be counterproductive for the Yankees lineup. Livan Hernandez knows how to pitch in big games against opponents on a big stage. The Mets should be listed as dogs in this game, take the home town Mets to get the win on Sunday night on ESPN!
Game of the Week Pick: New York Mets