The New York Yankees are doing just great, thanks you very much, without Captain Jeter, and they’ve taken the first two games of their weekend interleague Subway Series with the Mets. So the Yanks will be looking to break out the brooms when they meet the Mets for their series finale Sunday afternoon at Citi Field (1:10 pm Eastern, TBS).
The Yankees won this series opener Friday night 5-1, then beat the Mets Saturday 5-2 behind a quality start from Bartolo Colon.
So the Yanks, winners of seven games in a row, lead the AL East by 2.5 games over the second-place Boston Red Sox. The Bombers are also 14-3 since SS Derek Jeter went on the disabled list. His replacement at short, Eduardo Nunez, is hitting .339 in Jeter’s absence.
The Mets, meanwhile, have lost three straight, and now sit in fourth place in the NL East, 11.5 games back of the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies. And after their offensive explosion of earlier this week, the Mets have scored a total of five runs over their last three games.
The Yankees have taken four of five games from the Mets so far this season.
Freddie Garcia (7-6, 3.28) hits the hill for the Yankees Sunday against knuckleballer RA Dickey (4-7, 3.77) for the Mets.
Garcia has racked up four quality starts in a row, allowing six earned runs on 24 hits (zero homers) in his last 26 2/3 innings pitched. On the season the Yankees are 8-6 in Garcia’s starts, with the over/unders going 4-8.
Garcia started once vs. the Mets earlier this season, and held them to two ER on five hits in seven innings, although he took the loss.
Dickey has lowered his ERA from 5.08 in mid-May to 3.77. Over his last three starts he’s given up eight ER on 19 hits in 19 IP. The Mets are 6-10 in Dickey’s starts this year, the totals 10-6.
Dickey got the better of Garcia in that matchup back in May, holding the Yankees to one ER on four hits in six innings of work.
As of Sunday morning 5Dimes.com is listing Garcia and the Yanks as -132 favorites for Sunday afternoon’s game, with the Mets getting +122 as home underdogs. And the total sits at 8.5.
On the injury front Mets SS Jose Reyes, who’s leading the Majors in hitting at .354, tweaked a hamstring running out an infield hit Saturday, and he’ll miss Sunday’s game.
The Yanks are 22-13 on the road this season, while the Mets are 18-22 at home.
The over/unders are 35-39 in Yankees games this season, 46-33 in Mets games, and 22-16 in games played at Citi Field, which have averaged 8.4 RPG. Last year Mets home games averaged 7.6 runs.