Mets and Yankees stumble into Subway Series

By JT. Teran
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Brett Gardner
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Brett Gardner /
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Game 2 on Tuesday should be a little bit more tight of a scoring game as the Mets’ ace, Jacob deGrom takes the ball against newly acquired Yankees’ pitcher Sonny Gray

This is looking to be a fantastic pitching matchup with two of the premier young arms in MLB being showcased. Gray’s 3.39 ERA and 1.183 WHIP will go up against deGrom’s 3.21 ERA and 1.143 WHIP.

It wasn’t 100% sure if deGrom would be able to make his next scheduled start after being struck with a line drive in Philadelphia last week. There was no substantial injury, thankfully, only a bruise and a mark left by the ball, so Jake pronounced himself healthy enough to pitch soon after.

Back at Citi Field on Wednesday and Thursday, the rotation should continue as “normal” with both Seth Lugo and Steven Matz taking their respective turns in the order.

The biggest things to look forward to for the Mets over this four game/two stadium set will again revolve around the young guys. The Amazin’s have traded away four of their biggest veteran pieces with Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson really as the only players left to be dealt.

The team has already freed Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, and Dominic Smith, so we should see them all play every game of this Subway Series. Although this year it seems like there’s a little less at stake for the boys from Queens, it’s still always a really fun series. These new kids will be playing in a lot more of these series over the coming years, so they better get used to the spotlight it brings.

Don’t be surprised if the Mets keep giving Brandon Nimmo starts in the outfield as well. Nimmo has done fantastic work off the bench for the Mets, so it’s not surprising to see them want to give him more playing time as a starter. After all this is the time to see what he’s got, and how he can fit into the plans for next season.

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I’d also add Juan Lagares to that conversation even though it doesn’t seem like the Mets have wanted to start him nearly as much. The former Gold Glover is going to be here in the outfield next season, so maybe a platoon between him and Nimmo works out for the time being. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see if that option gets explored during this series with the Yankees.