Mets and Yankees stumble into Subway Series

By JT. Teran
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Brett Gardner
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The clash of New York will take place this week, and although one of the teams is still looking like it’s playoff-bound, both are struggling at the moment

The 21st round of the Subway Series starts on Monday in Yankee Stadium. The American League Wild Card-leading Yankees (61-55) will host the National League East’s third best team, the Mets (53-62), for two games on Monday and Tuesday before the series shifts to Citi Field for two more games on Wednesday and Thursday. Both New York teams have had rough beginnings to their August campaigns, so they’ll each be looking to change that this series.

The Yankees are 4-8 so far this month after losing two out of three at home to the AL East’s best team, the Boston Red Sox.

The Mets, on the other hand, were beaten up by the Rockies and Dodgers to start off the month before taking three out of four in Philadelphia this past weekend, so you could say they come into the Subway Series with a tiny little bit of momentum.

That momentum will likely die out on the mound of Yankee Stadium in game 1, as Rafael “How is he still in the major leagues?” Montero makes the start.

Montero has been pretty awful throughout the entire 2017 season with small flashes of “meh” sprinkled in. He’s currently 1-8 with a 6.06 ERA. That’s all thanks to close to 1.806 WHIP he’s posted over the 65 innings plus he’s pitched in.

No one is expecting Montero to do well tonight in that tiny stadium in the Bronx, but maybe Monday night is the night he shocks us all (probably not).

The Mets on their part will be facing 25-year-old Luis Cessa on Monday night. The right-hander has made four starts for the Yankees and pitched a bit in relief as well. He’s 0-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 31 2/3 innings pitched.

This first game could potentially be more of an offensive showing, which will likely be in contrast with what we can expect on Tuesday night.