The Mets franchise-record 11-game winning streak was finally snapped on Friday night, but they responded in a major way yesterday in what might have been a symbolic temporary passing of the torch. The “big brother” Yankees sent veteran C.C. Sabathia to the mound to face the new face of New York baseball, phenom Matt Harvey, aka, the Dark Knight. Harvey went 8 2/3, Sabathia allowed seven runs in five innings. Will the Mets really overtake the Yankees in the heart’s of New Yorkers? Probably not, but with the aging and relatively uninteresting roster in the Bronx, they certainly have a chance to borrow it for a few years…
We took a few days away from the diamond to focus on NBA Playoff action, but are back and ready to pick up a week-ending winner tonight.
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Today’s Free Pick:
New York Mets +115 at New York Yankees -125 (Total: 8)
Jonathan Niese (2-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12 ERA)
The Subway Series takes center stage on ESPN tonight for the rubber match in the first meeting this season between the two rivals. The Yankees won Game One to snap the Mets’ franchise-record eleven game winning streak, but the Mets bounced back yesterday and pounced all over C.C. Sabathia. Tonight both team will send talented young pitchers to the mound. So who has the edge?
Niese is off to a great start, and if he can keep it up, paired with Harvey and deGrom (and hopefully an eventually-healthy Zach Wheeler) and the Mets might be building the kind of pitching staff that can keep them in contention while they await some healthy bats. Niese’s hot start continues from last season’s strong finish. He is 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA over his last seven starts. The Yankee lineup has shown some flashes, but overall, is not an intimidating one. I expect Niese to have some success tonight.
Meanwhile, Nathan Eovaldi has electric stuff and the Yankees are 4-1 in games he has started. He struggled against the Mets a bit in his two appearances last season, but he should know this lineup well from his Marlins days. I also expect he will fare well tonight. The Mets continue to produce runs, but sooner or later their diminished lineup is going to cause some issues for them.
I think the pitchers will rule the evening in the Bronx. The total of eight gives us an extra half run wiggle room (or even a full run) over the normal line for two starting pitchers of this caliber facing non-elite offenses. I’ll take advantage of the extra run and look for a 4-2, 3-2 type ballgame.