Previewing Part Two of the Subway Series

After almost a month since they met at Citi Field, the Mets and Yankees are about to rematch at Yankee Stadium. The stakes remain high for both sides as they continue their quests for postseason glory. Ultimately, it can take just a handful of games for the tides to turn. Having said that, let us begin previewing part two of this year’s Subway Series.

New York Mets

The Mets have continued to play well since taking down the Yankees last month. Competing in a tight race for the National League East division title, the Mets are 16-6 since the first half of the Subway Series.

While the Mets did not have the busiest trade deadline, Billy Eppler made a few moves to bolster the team on deadline day. Darin Ruf was acquired from the Giants, adding to the Mets’ bench. In addition, Eppler got Mychal Givens from the Cubs to improve the Mets’ bullpen.

On offense, the Mets have several potent hitters in their lineup. Pete Alonso has continued to thrive, as he now has 102 RBIs and 30 home runs this season; these totals are tied for first in MLB and tied for third in the NL, respectively. On top of this, Jeff McNeil’s .315 batting average is the fourth-highest in MLB. Francisco Lindor has also been a solid contributor, as his 83 RBIs are in the top five in MLB.

Taking control defensively, the Mets’ starting pitching has been formidable this year. Veteran ace Max Scherzer has gone 9-2 this season with a 2.15 ERA, totaling 134 strikeouts over 109 innings pitched. Likewise, Jacob deGrom has been outstanding since returning from injury, recording 37 strikeouts across 23 1/3 innings. Moreover, Chris Bassitt has been able to go deep into games, sometimes pitching as many as seven or eight innings.

At the helm of the Mets’ bullpen is Edwin Díaz. Díaz has been one of the best closers in baseball in 2022, amassing 96 strikeouts and 27 saves through 48 1/3 innings. If manager Buck Showalter opts not to use Díaz in both games, Adam Ottavino may be a good alternative.

New York Yankees

Meanwhile, the Yankees have hit a rough patch in their season. They are 7-14 since facing the Mets last month, amplifying the importance for the Yankees to strike back. However, despite their recent struggles, the Yankees still hold an eight-game lead in the American League East.

On the day of the trade deadline, Brian Cashman offloaded a few players. Cashman traded outfielder Joey Gallo and left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the Dodgers and Cardinals, respectively. In exchange for Montgomery, the Yankees acquired Harrison Bader, which will deepen the Yankees’ outfield upon Bader’s return from injury.

Offensively, the Yankees have had much success this season. Aaron Judge leads the charge with 102 RBIs and 46 home runs, both of which are first in MLB. Anthony Rizzo’s 28 home runs are good for top three in the AL as well. Furthermore, recent trade acquisition Andrew Benintendi is batting .298 this season, which is eighth in the AL and 16th in MLB.

On the mound, the Yankees have assembled a quality group of starting pitchers. Headlining the rotation, Gerrit Cole has put up a 9-5 record and a 3.30 ERA, striking out 184 batters (second in MLB) through 144 1/3 innings pitched. Additionally, Jameson Taillon has accumulated an 11-3 record and a 3.95 ERA, racking up 108 strikeouts through 127 2/3 innings. Nestor Cortes has been amazing as well, as his 2.74 ERA ranks second in the AL and 12th in MLB.

Prior to his injury, Clay Holmes stood at the forefront of the Yankees’ bullpen. He currently has 51 strikeouts and 17 saves over 49 innings pitched. In Holmes’s absence, manager Aaron Boone has had a variety of relievers close out games, giving the team some options to choose from.

Potential Impact on Major League Baseball

Much like the first two games, these next two Subway Series matchups will be enthralling for baseball fans across the league. Showdowns between two of the league’s top teams are always exciting, and the intracity nature of this rivalry only adds to that.

Two dominant powerhouses are about to collide for the second time. These teams are raring to go head-to-head, and the fans are ready for two nights of must-see TV.

Part Two of the Subway Series kicks off at 7:05 PM at Yankee Stadium. Prepare yourselves for one of the best rivalries in baseball.

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