What to look for: Yankees vs. Mets, 1:05 PM
The Mets will look for a series win over the Yankees on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:05 pm.
Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Lucas Duda – 1B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Michael Conforto – LF
Kevin Plawecki – C
Noah Syndergaard – RHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.20 ERA) wil start for the Mets.
Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.25 ERA) will start for the Yankees.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets today:
A clean subway stop.
The Mets battled and found a way against the Yankees best pitcher on Friday night, giving them a feel good win against a very tough opponent.
They’re facing Pineda for the second time this season, and he dominated the Mets in their first meeting back in April. But it hasn’t been a smooth season for the Yankee right-hander as he’s given up a lot of hits and a lot of home runs despite racking up strikeouts this season.
Hopefully the Mets can attack Pineda early and get off to a good start en route to a series win. It would just tick the magic number down another notch, as everyone is waiting for the celebration to begin at 0.
Syndergaard is making his second start after taking a break in early September. He looked really sharp against the Braves last weekend. But this lineup will be a little more formidable than that of Atlanta’s, and the Yankees have stacked their lineup with left-handers from top to bottom.
The two-seamer should be a handy weapon for Syndergaard as he attempts to keep the ball away with his fastball while he tries to come in with his curveball. As long as he sticks to a steady approach, he should be ok.
Keep on hitting.
The bats returned for the Mets on Friday night thanks to three home runs. Again, their opponent shouldn’t be quite as tough as Masahiro Tanaka was on Friday night, so hopefully the Mets offense brings that trademarked energy with them and can get to Pineda early and often. Pineda is a strike thrower, so it will be interesting to see if the Mets attack early or try to wait him out just long enough to try and attack his mistakes.