What to look for: Yankees vs. Mets, 8:08 PM
The Mets will look for a series win over the Yankees on Sunday night at Citi Field at 8:08 pm.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Ruben Tejada – SS
David Wright – 3B
Yoenis Cespedes – LF
Juan Uribe – 2B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Lucas Duda – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – RF
Juan Lagares – CF
Matt Harvey – RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Matt Harvey (12-7, 2.88 ERA) will start for the Mets.
CC Sabathia (4-9, 4.93 ERA) will start for the Yankees.
Here’s what I’m looking for tonight from the Mets:
Smooth riding on #HarveyDay.
Harvey hasn’t pitched since getting pounded by the Nationals 12 days ago, so he will once again be tasked with shaking off more rust and giving the Mets five or six quality innings against their inter-city rival. It’s a big stage game under the national spotlight, and t’s moments like this he says he lives for.
It’s time for him to step up for his club and help them in whatever way he can to drive home a series win, even up on this homestand, and keep Washington seven games back.
Where’s the offense?
The Mets were blanked for the second time in three games on this homestand on Saturday, scoring a total of 12 runs in the first five games. They’ve been relying on the home run ball and have not hit with runners in scoring position hardly at all this week.
That’s going to have to change, as the Mets can’t rely strictly on power to score runs. It’s what gets the Yankees in trouble, and the Mets are experiencing similar problems in that area as of late as well.
A lot of bullpen.
The Mets will likely need up to 12 outs from the bullpen on Sunday, and use an area of the bullpen which has really been a vulnerable spot for them over the last six weeks. The key is to get the first six outs if Harvey only goes five innings, and get the ball to the back-end of the bullpen which has been lockdown as of late.
If they can do that and take care of Sabathia the way they’re expected to, that should be a recipe for success.