Makeup game to conclude Mets-Yankees season series
The final meeting will occur Thursday afternoon when the New York Yankees visit the New York Mets. The Mets won the second game of the series, which was the second game of a doubleheader last Friday, when Amed Rosario blasted a walk-off homer in the seventh inning off Aroldis Chapman at Yankee Stadium. The three wins over the Mets snapped a seven-game skid that was…
The first five Subway Series games featured each team getting wins in the late
innings and under unique circumstances befitting the abbreviated 60-game
The final meeting will occur Thursday afternoon when the New York Yankeesvisit the New York Mets.
The teams were originally slated to play a three-game series at Citi FieldAug. 21-23, but that series was postponed due to a Mets player and coachtesting positive for coronavirus. The first two games were made up lastweekend, when the Mets won the first two games and the Yankees took the nextthree.
Each game was decided by three or fewer runs and decided in the sixth inningor beyond.
The Mets won the second game of the series, which was the second game of adoubleheader last Friday, when Amed Rosario blasted a walk-off homer in theseventh inning off Aroldis Chapman at Yankee Stadium. The Mets were serving asthe home team because it was a makeup game for one of the postponed games.
The Yankees won the final three games by scoring the winning run on a wildpitch; rallying from a five-run deficit after six innings; and getting ago-ahead pinch hit grand slam by Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning.
The Yankees are 4-9 in their past 13 games. The three wins over the Metssnapped a seven-game skid that was their longest since June 13-20, 2017, butthe Yankees dropped of two of three to the AL-East leading Tampa Bay Rays,ending the series with a 5-2 loss on Wednesday.
“We just have got to move on and get ready for our next series, our nextgame,” said bench coach Carlos Mendoza, who served as acting manager whileAaron Boone served a one-game suspension. “Obviously disappointing because theexpectations are high.”
The Mets return home after snapping a five-game losing streak with a 9-4victory in Baltimore when Michael Conforto homered and drove in five runsWednesday.
Conforto heads into Thursday batting .331 with six homers and 22 RBIs.
“His consistency and approach are good,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “He’slooking for a certain pitch, getting it and not missing it.”
J.A. Happ will make his fifth start and second with less than six days restThursday and will face the Mets for the second straight time. On Saturday,Happ took a no-decision after allowing three hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
Saturday was Happ’s longest outing since June 6, 2019, and it gave him 20innings this season. He needs to reach 10 starts or 61 1/3 innings for a $17million vesting option to kick in for next season.
The left-hander’s other start on normal rest was Aug. 5 in Philadelphia, whenhe allowed four runs and six walks in three innings. In his last two starts,Happ has allowed one run on six hits in 13 innings.
Happ’s major league debut was against the Mets on June 30, 2007, as a memberof the Philadelphia Phillies, and he is 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 12 appearances(10 starts) against the Mets.
In his last start at Citi Field, while a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Happstruck out 10 and allowed two hits and no walks in seven shutout innings onMay 16, 2018.
Robert Gsellman is expected to start for the Mets, who are continuing tostretch him out. He opposed Happ on Saturday and allowed a run on four hits ina season-high four innings while throwing a season-high 57 pitches.
In his career against the Yankees, Gsellman has no wins or losses, but has a1.65 ERA in seven career appearances (two starts).
–Field Level Media
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