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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs. New York Mets

 

A battle of aces - and initials - is scheduled for Sunday night.

Round 2 of the 2012 Subway Series kicks off (whoops, wrong sport) tonight at Citi Field.  The Yankees (41-27, 1st place in the AL East) take on the Mets (38-32, 2nd place in the NL East) beginning tonight at 7:10 PM.  The Yankees swept the Mets two weeks ago in the Bronx.

Mets closer Frank Francisco added extra fuel to the fire by referring to the Yankees as “chickens.”

“I can’t wait to strike out those chickens,” Francisco told the New York Post. “I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.”

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Mets vs. Yankees Brief Notes

Ike Davis ended the game dramatically with a prodigious solo blast over the batter’s eye in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mets the victory. It was fun to watch.

However, if there’s any concern about Davis it’s his continued habit of complaining publicly to the home plate umpire after striking out looking. We’ve discussed this here many times before; it’s bush league, disrespectful, and does nothing to endear himself to the men in blue. By now, Davis has established himself as a whiner among that tight-knit group of men who call balls and strikes — who in turn will continue to “ring him up” on close calls.

In Ike’s defense, the home plate umpire seemed to have a very liberal strike zone for both sides and against all batters.

One of the beneficiaries of that big strike zone was Mike Pelfrey, who pitched very well. He had excellent focus and oozed with confidence throughout his outing, throwing tons of strikes and showing good command of his sinker. I think he’ll be a Cy Young candidate if he can prevent runners from reaching base and avoid adversity.

How about Justin Turner coming up with a big hit to tie the ball game? He’s struggled this spring, but is picking up right where he left off in clutch situations.

Jonathon Niese got roughed up; the Yanks looked very comfortable against him and assaulted him with an ensemble of both hard-hit balls and bloopers. I can’t get too concerned about it, though, since Niese has otherwise had a strong spring. I still don’t like his laredo angle, and hope he shelves it.

Great to see Tim Byrak on the mound. His knee seems fine. His timing looked a little off, like maybe his arm was lagging behind, but that should work itself out after a few bullpens.

The Mets offense exploded for 7 runs on 13 hits, perhaps inspired by my critical piece from the other day. The players read this blog every day, don’t they?

Fun to see the Yankees’ switch pitcher Pat Venditte throw from both sides of the mound. You don’t see that every decade.

Also fun to see Francisco Pena rip a base hit and throw out a runner. Remember when Pena was supposed to be the next Tony Pena? Seems a long time ago, but he’s still only 22 and still has time to turn it around.

That’s all from me. What did you see in the game that was interesting? Sound off in the comments.

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Should Mets Trade Jason Bay for A.J. Burnett?

Should Mets trade Jason Bay for AJ Burnett?

This rumor just won’t go away, and there isn’t much else news to report from Flushing, so we may as well mull it over.

The theory goes like this: the Yankees are looking for a righthanded power bat for a corner outfield spot / DH. Why? Because everyone seems to have forgotten that Andruw Jones was re-signed earlier this winter. Additionally, the Yankees are looking to unload A.J. Burnett, who has been — put lightly — a disappointment. Further, the Yankees suddenly have a surplus of pitching, after signing Hiroki Kuroda and acquiring Michael Pineda. Burnett is excess baggage they are motivated to move for a power bat.

From the Mets’ perspective, Bay has also been a disappointment, and he’s an expensive contract to bear for a business going bankrupt. Though they’re not exactly flush with outfielders, the Mets are desperate to rid themselves of any and every multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. The immediate future is looking bleak, and even if Jason Bay returns to his monster form, it’s unlikely to make much difference in the Mets’ fortunes. Additionally, the Mets have very little depth behind their projected 5-man starting rotation — and a few of those projected starters have question marks. Getting another MLB starter is a distinct need, and there are worse options than Burnett — who might benefit from a return to the National League.

Now the reality: does it make sense for the clubs to do such a deal?

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You’re Doing Great, Now Get off the Field

NOTE: this is a post by Corey Gorey. Please direct your comments to him.

How many days in a row will I wake up, check out the blogosphere, scan the standings, and wish this 162 game baseball season would end? Sure, it’s only July, but Bud Selig is not the boss of me. If I followed my own advice and remembered to forget about the legitimate end date to the 2011 schedule, I would be much happier right now. At many points during the past few months lying to myself would have been a viable alternative to—what do they call it? Reality? Considering how many pundits were certain the Mets would find themselves in the NL East basement from the get-go, I’m nearly satisfied with mediocre. If the season ended today we wouldn’t have won anything—no multi-pronged trophies to encase, flags to hoist, or ostentatious rings to flaunt—but I sure as hell wouldn’t feel like I was squandering any more time or emotion, either. And when it comes right down to it, isn’t the MLB all about me, the fan?

In order to preserve my sanity and the club’s dignity, here are some proposed dates for when this season should have ended:

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