Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Subway Series Notes: Game 1

Most regarded yesterday's pitching matchup in the opener of New York's annual Queens vs Bronx contest as a "who will be worse"kind of performance. Instead, Jon Niese and Phil Hughes put on quality starts of 7IP 1ER apiece. The Bombers hadn't lost a game when leading after 6 innings this season, and it looked like the trend would continue as Brett Gardner reached above the center field wall to snag a go-ahead 2-run bomb from Daniel Murphy. It just seemed as though the Metropolitan's offensive woes wouldn't be broken - five of the Mets' starting batters failed to reach base. It wasn't until the New York Captain not on the DL hit a monster solo shot in the seventh inning to tie the game. Murphy would come back with revenge in the eighth by slashing a go-ahead single to Gardner, driving in what would be the winning run. Bobby Parnell's struggles also seemed to come to a halt; he locked down his second save in two games, striking out two with the help of a vastly improved knuckle-curve that buckled David Adams and Lyle Overbay, ultimately getting Travis Hafner to pop to Wright to end the game. Queens improves to a 37-54 overall record vs the Bronx with the win, Mets have not exceeded one win vs Yankees since 2011.

Game 2 Notes

Barring bad weather, Matt Harvey looks to improve to 6-0 on the season and enters with a 1.93 ERA and will face Hiroki Kuroda for the Bronx, 6-3, 2.67 ERA. Both starters are coming off rough outings, Kuroda being knocked out after 3IP in his last start, Harvey allowing 4ER to Cincinnati, his season high. Harvey will be making his Subway Series debut while Kuroda stands with a 2-5 record / 4.81 ERA vs the Mets. Both lineups will probably be similar to yesterday's, although both offenses look to step it up after sluggish performance at the dish. The Subway Series finale at Citi scheduled to start 7:10pm, TV: SNY, MY9, ESPN - Radio: WFAN and WCBS. Preview

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